New Zealand will enter a nationwide lockout on Tuesday night after a 58-year-old Auckland man tested positive for Covit-19, Prime Minister Jacinta Artern said.
Why it matters: This is the first case of a corona virus to be detected in a New Zealand community for 170 days, and officials are concerned that humans may have a more contagious delta variant. New Zealand has experienced a nationwide 4th level freeze only once before.
- This is only the second lock-in for communities outside of Auckland, New Zealand’s most populous city, since the outbreak began.
Running messages: At a news conference on Tuesday, Artern noted that although it was not known what kind of viruses the man had, most of the infections in managed hotel isolation were delta variant.
whats going on: Level 4 national locking will last for three days from 11:59 pm on Tuesday.
- The Auckland and Coromandel Peninsula, recently visited by man, will experience this for seven days.
Large image: There are mostly Govt-19 cases in New Zealand for managed hotel isolated facilities.
- Under Warning level 4 controls, Schools move to distant classes and non-essential businesses are closed — including food delivery services. Only essential travel is allowed, and water activities such as swimming are prohibited.
- People should stay home if they don’t exercise for “bubbles” both indoors and outdoors.
- The country has suspended vaccinations during the curfew.
By Numbers: Since the outbreak, New Zealand has recorded 2,926 Govt-19 cases 5 million and 26 people have died of the virus in the country.
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