New Zealand’s Prime Minister has announced a three-day nationwide lockdown over a confirmed Covid-19 case. This proves to be the first locally transmitted case since February 28, when the last case was reported.
The new case was detected in Auckland where a 58-year-old unvaccinated man was tested positive. It is believed that he was been infectious since last Thursday, August 12. His wife who is vaccinated, tested negative to the virus.
The Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern told the press conference that the local case is assumed to the infectious Delta variant, despite the fact that genome sequencing is still in progress. The country is to be under the strictest lockdown level, level four which begun from Tuesday, 17th August.
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New Zealanders were asked by Ms. Ardern to remain calm and play their part as more information is been gathered. Everyone is expected to stay home as businesses are closed except for essential services such as supermarkets and pharmacies.
She further emphasized that Auckland, where the patient lives and the Coromandel Peninsula, a coastal town, where he visited are likely to experience the lockdown for seven days while the rest of the country has a snap three-days lockdown.
Those who were far from home in New Zealand have a 48-hour period to relocate to where they need to be as soon as possible for the lockdown. The country is highly complimented for how it handled the virus. New Zealand reported less than 3,000 Covid Cases and only 26 deaths in a population of about 5 billion.
However, it was much slower with its vaccination plan, according to Our World in Data, only about 20% were fully vaccinated and 33% had one shot of the vaccine.