New Zealand Prime Minsiter Jacinda Ardern on Sunday introduced a three-day lockdown within the nation’s greatest metropolis Auckland, after three new native COVID-19 circumstances had been reported, the primary native infections since late January.
Ardern mentioned the extent Three restrictions, which require everybody to remain house apart from important buying and important work, repeating the tremendous cautious method the nation has taken over the previous yr in just about eliminating the pandemic.
“We have stamped out the virus before and we will do it again…,” Ardern mentioned in a information convention in Wellington.
New Zealand, which had gone greater than two months with out native infections earlier than the January case, is to begin inoculating its 5 million folks towards the brand new coronavirus on Feb. 20, after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine sooner than anticipated.
Restrictions had been raised to degree Three for 3 days from Monday by means of Wednesday. That meant public venues can be shut, gatherings outdoors houses can be prohibited apart from weddings and funerals, restricted to 10 folks.
Children had been additionally requested to remain house from college.
The three circumstances reported earlier on Sunday had been a pair and their daughter in Auckland, the primary native circumstances since Jan. 24.
Health authorities are nonetheless working to seek out out whether or not the circumstances contain one of many new extremely infectious variants and the way the household contracted the virus, Ardern mentioned.
“Three days should give us enough time to gather further information, undertake large-scale testing and establish if there has been wider community transmission,” Ardern mentioned.
“That is what we believe the cautious approach requires and its the right thing to do.”
Airlines have been contacted, as the girl within the contaminated household works for an airline catering firm, LSG Sky Chefs, the place she principally works in laundry services, officers mentioned.
The COVID-19 alert for the remainder of the nation was raised to degree 2, with all gatherings restricted to 100 folks, together with at eating places and cafes.
Australia on Sunday reported two new native COVID-19 circumstances within the nation’s second most populous state, Victoria, on the second day of a snap lockdown to include the unfold of the extremely infectious UK variant.
The two circumstances, together with a 3-year-old little one, had been the primary two who weren’t family contacts of a cluster of contaminated employees at a quarantine lodge at Melbourne airport which triggered the five-day lockdown, well being authorities mentioned.
The lodge cluster has now affected 16 folks.
Both New Zealand and Australia closed their worldwide borders and launched strict social distancing guidelines early within the pandemic dramatically lowering the unfold of the virus. New Zealand was ranked the most effective performing nation in an index of virtually 100 international locations based mostly on containment of the coronavirus.
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