Just two days after New Zealand was celebrated across the globe for going 100 days without a single new case of coronavirus.
The Prime Minister of New Zealand, the lauded and iconic, Jacinda Ardern, announced that the city of Auckland would reimpose lockdown restrictions.
Why? Because four members of the same family in the city have tested positive for COVID-19.
🚨#Breaking: New Zealand has confirmed its first case of #Covid19 outside managed isolation for the first time in 102 days— Ashleigh Stewart (@Ash_Stewart_) August 11, 2020
Comes after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern scheduled an impromptu press conference with just a few minutes notice late at night in NZ
The first was a man in his 50s, with three other families later testing positive. One of which is a young child.
Auckland’s lockdown measures will go into place at noon tomorrow and will require residents to stay at home except for essential travel, shut down businesses including restaurants, bars and most schools, and limit gatherings to 10 people.
The rest of New Zealand will impose level two lockdown measures, which allow businesses to stay open but with social distancing, and limits gatherings to 100 people.
New Zealand moving back to Level 2 means:— Ashleigh Stewart (@Ash_Stewart_) August 11, 2020
– physical distancing to be reintroduced
– no groups or events larger than 100 people
– bars/ restaurants must keep groups of customers separated, seated and served by a single person
– schools/ businesses stay open with measures in place pic.twitter.com/eqm3EaPy0H
The lockdown in Auckland is only set to last for three days to allow for contract tracing and to assess the situation.
New Zealand certainly seems to setting the standard high when it comes to beating this deadly pandemic.
The world could learn a lot from Jacinda Ardern.