New Zealand reported its first community of nCoV cases in more than 100 days and imposed a restriction in Auckland, the country’s largest city.
“After 102 days, we recorded the first cases of nCoV infection outside of the quarantine or quarantine facilities under our management. All of us worked hard to stop this scenario. We also went up.” plan and prepare for it, “New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today on television.
The four newly discovered nCoV cases today belong to a family in the city of Auckland, including a person over 50 years old. The source of the infection has not been identified and they have not been abroad recently. Other family members have been tested, and communication is also ongoing.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at a press conference in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 13. Photo: Reuters.
Prime Minister Ardern said Auckland, the country’s largest city, will impose a third-degree restriction from noon 12/8 to prevent the threat from the pandemic. This means that residents are advised not to go to work and schools, and to ban gathering of more than 10 people. Restrictions will be in effect for three days, until August 14.
New Zealand on August 9 reached the 100-day milestone of no CoV infection in the community, praised by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a model for elsewhere. The country also reported only 22 deaths and nearly 1,600 cases out of a total population of nearly 5 million.
As a result, New Zealanders enjoy an almost normal life, with no social distortion, with cultural and sporting events still held. However, health officials have repeatedly warned people not to be subjective and the second wave of infection is “inevitable”.