After 102 Days Of No Local Coronavirus Case Infections, New Zealand Just Recorded New Cases
The new cases were all congregated in one house located in South Auckland. Though the family will remain quarantined, Auckland will temporarily put restrictions in place for three days.
“In line with our precautionary approach we will be asking Aucklanders to take swift actions with us, as of 12 noon tomorrow, Wednesday, August 12, we will be moving Auckland to level 3 restrictions,” explained New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
The restrictions will help health officials to assess the situation and conduct contact tracing.
For those three days, all non-essential business, such as restaurants, retail shops and others, will temporarily shut their doors. Auckland residents will only be able to leave their home if absolutely necessary and gather in groups of 10 or less. Schools will also be closed for the time period.
Additionally, towns outside of Auckland will go into level two restrictions, where no more than 100 people in a group can be together. While locations like libraries and museums can be open, everyone must follow strict social distancing rules.
“We have been preparing for that time, and that time is now,” said New Zealand’s Director-General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield.
To hear more about the new cases and the restrictions that will take place, check ou the video below.
New: Auckland faces a 3-day lockdown after reporting New Zealand’s first cluster of 4 local coronavirus cases in 102 days. Community transmission, as none had foreign travel. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/vFMn654xKE
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) August 11, 2020
What do you think of the way New Zealand is handling these new cases vs. the way other countries do so? Do you think this will help stop a more severe spread across the country?