Auckland has been placed in a three-day Level 3 lockdown after three new cases of COVID were discovered.
New Zealand’s biggest city goes into three day lockdown after new cases found: After an urgent meeting with her cabinet, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the move. She also confirmed the rest of New Zealand would have Level 2 restrictions in place. She urged caution until it is discovered whether the cases are of the more contagious strains.
For three days people will not be able to leave the city, with working from home and home schooling being encouraged. New Zealand has so far been successful in containing the virus so these new rules come as a setback for the country. At a quickly arranged press conference Ms Ardern said “I’m asking New Zealanders to continue to be strong and to be kind.
I know we all feel the same way when this happens. We all get that sense of ‘not again’. But remember, we have been here before and that means we know how to get out of this again, and that is together.”
She assured the public by saying “Please remember, we are going to be okay”. Talking about the new cases Covid-19 response minister Chris Hipkins said “We are gathering all of the facts as quickly as we can, and the system that served us so well in the past is really gearing up to do so again.
New Zealand has kept Covid-19 contained better than almost any other country, but as we have kept saying, there is no such thing as no risk.” New Zealand has reported just 2,300 cases and 25 deaths since the start of the pandemic. It has a population of five million.
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