An older man in his 50s, with no historical past of abroad journey, together with three extra members of his household have examined optimistic for the virus.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday introduced that Auckland will probably be going into lockdown as authorities have discovered 4 new instances of the Coronavirus in a single family. That is the primary case of native transmission within the nation in 102 days, which was a brand new milestone for the Pacific island nation.
In line with a report by the NZ Herald, the brand new case is an older man in his 50s who was exhibiting signs and had examined optimistic. In his household of six, three different individuals have additionally examined optimistic. He has no historical past of abroad journey. His shut contacts will probably be remoted for 14 days and informal contacts are additionally being remoted. Nobody will have the ability to depart till they check detrimental.
Ardern stated Auckland, the nation’s largest metropolis, will probably be moved to Stage 3 for 3 days ranging from noon tomorrow, Wednesday to midnight on Friday. Because of this individuals will probably be requested to remain at dwelling and bars and lots of different companies will probably be closed.
Nevertheless, the remainder of the nation will probably be raised to Stage 2 from noon tomorrow, Wednesday till midnight on Friday.
“We’re asking individuals in Auckland to remain dwelling to cease the unfold,” Ardern stated throughout a public announcement. “Act as if in case you have COVID-19, and as if individuals round you’ve gotten COVID-19.”
She additionally suggested in opposition to panic shopping for as important providers, pharmacies and supermarkets will probably be open.
“We have now come too far to go backwards. Be sturdy and be variety,” she stated. “We all know what to do as a result of we’ve efficiently carried out this earlier than.”
It was solely two days in the past that the director-general of well being Ashley Bloomfield was warning in opposition to complacency within the nation and cited the examples of nations like Australia and Vietnam.
“Attaining 100 days with out group transmission is a major milestone, nonetheless, as everyone knows, we won’t afford to be complacent,” Bloomfield had warned. “We have now seen abroad how rapidly the virus can re-emerge and unfold in locations the place it was beforehand underneath management, and we should be ready to rapidly stamp out any future instances in New Zealand.”
She stated these instances are a wake-up name in opposition to complacency.
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