COVID-19: Auckland Slips Back Under Lockdown 3

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Summary

  • City of Auckland put under lockdown level-3

  • This was necessitated as one case of unidentified strain was found

  • The lockdown is initially for seven days

  • Rest of New Zealand is under under lockdown 2

New Zealand’s biggest city Auckland is under a lockdown level-3 for seven days starting from February 28. 

The Prime Minister, of New Zealand, Jacinda Adern said that the lockdown was made necessary due to a new case that was discovered in the city.

The Prime Minister said once again Aucklanders will be working from home children staying at home away from school.

While the origin of case was not known, the infected person developed symptoms early in the week and had visited several places even before the symptoms surfaced.

Due to this the government was forced to impose lockdown level-3 in the city of Auckland.

The lockdown level-3 restrictions is an effective tool to prevent the spread as people are allowed to leave their houses only for essential shopping.

All public places will remain closed.  Throughout New Zealand level-2 restrictions will be placed including restrictions on public functions and gatherings.

It maybe recalled that New Zealand has been one of the most successful countries in controlling the spread of COVID-19 pandemic and reported only 2000 cases since the start.

Two weeks before also a three-day lockdown was imposed on Auckland when a family of three members was declared COVID-19 infected with the UK mutant strain.

The lockdown has put several public functions in a quandary.  A Twenty20 cricket match between NZ and its neighbour Australia was to take place in Auckland during this period but has been shifted to Wellington and the famous in America’s Cup event Yacht race scheduled for March 6 is undecided.

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