New Delhi: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday put her nation beneath strict lockdown after one new Covid-19 case, the nation’s first in six months, was reported within the metropolis of Auckland.
“The best thing we can do to get out of this as quickly as we can is to go hard,” Reuters quoted Ardern as saying at a news convention.
“We have made the decision on the basis that it is better to start high and go down levels rather than to go low, not contain the virus and see it move quickly,” she added. The Prime Minister stated the authorities have been assuming that the brand new case was a Delta variant an infection though this has not been confirmed.
As per the choice, your complete nation will probably be in lockdown for 3 days starting Wednesday whereas Auckland and Coromandel, a coastal city that the contaminated particular person had additionally hung out in, will probably be in lockdown for seven days.
The faculties, places of work and all companies, beneath stage 4 lockdown, will probably be shut down and solely important providers will probably be operational.
The final reported Covid-19 group case in New Zealand was earlier in February.
The choice comes as New Zealand has adopted a go-hard-and-early technique that has helped the nation nearly remove Covid-19 domestically, permitting the folks to stay with out restrictions though its worldwide borders stay largely closed.