New Zealand has extended a lockdown in its most populous city as the country battles a fresh community coronavirus outbreak just after it marked 100 days without any community transmission. New Zealand has been held up as a world leader for its handling of the virus. Auckland is a city of around 1.5 million people. The rest of the country stays under level two restrictions, meaning gatherings are limited to no more than 100 people. Under level three restrictions, people will be told to stay home aside for essential personal movement, schools will operate at limited capacity, and public venues such as museums, playgrounds and gyms will remain shut. We have got rid of Covid before … We can do all of that again,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.
The country already spent five weeks under one of the world’s strictest lockdowns, which closed most businesses and schools, and saw people stay at home. In a press conference Friday, New Zealand’s Director General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield said that 771 close contacts of the confirmed cases had been identified. According to the Ministry of Health, 68% of New Zealand’s cases are imported or linked to imported cases.Possibly alo it was a breach in the quarantine system.