New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern introduced Monday that town of Auckland will stay beneath lockdown for an additional 4 days with a view to efficiently handle the reemergence of COVID-19.
The 2-week lockdown of the nation’s largest metropolis was resulting from finish Aug. 26 however will now proceed till 11:59 pm on Aug 30, Ardern mentioned throughout a press briefing.
At that time, town will “step its means into stage 2,” Arden mentioned. In response to authorities officers, Alert Degree 2 means the illness is contained however there’s nonetheless a danger of neighborhood transmission.
“These further 4 days are believed obligatory to permit us to maneuver down a stage in Auckland and keep down,” Ardern mentioned. “We wish each confidence and certainty for everybody.”
Ardern mentioned the extension would assist authorities guarantee they’ve discovered the perimeter of town’s largest but contained cluster and that they’re not seeing too many circumstances crop up that they haven’t discovered via contact tracing.
As of Sunday, all entities, together with colleges and retail outlets that may function beneath Degree 2, will reopen however they are going to preserve a restrict to masked gatherings beneath 11 individuals.
Ardern mentioned the remainder of the nation would proceed for now with some restrictions beneath Alert Degree 2 and it might change into necessary from subsequent week to put on masks on public transport beneath stage 2.
New Zealand went 102 days with none neighborhood transmission of the virus earlier than the cluster of circumstances was present in Auckland this month.
Since then, Arden says the nation must put itself within the “finest long run place to handle it efficiently and in probably the most contained means we are able to.”
Well being authorities on Monday reported 9 new circumstances of the virus.
In complete there at the moment are greater than 1,600 circumstances throughout the nation, based on information from Johns Hopkins College.