Coronavirus, Health, New Zealand

Coronavirus, Health

Auckland in lockdown after first virus case in 102 days

New Zealand announced its first locally transmitted coronavirus infections in 102 days and issued a stay-at-home lockdown order for the country's largest city.

11/08/2020 14:37:00

New Zealand has announced its first locally transmitted coronavirus infections in 102 days. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern issued a stay-at-home lockdown order for the country's largest city. |

New Zealand announced its first locally transmitted coronavirus infections in 102 days and issued a stay-at-home lockdown order for the country's largest city.

After receiving global praise for its success containing the virus, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said four cases had been detected in a single family in Auckland from an unknown source. "After 102 days, we have our first cases of Covid-19 outside of managed isolation or quarantine facilities... we have all worked incredibly hard to prevent this scenario," she told the country in a televised address. 

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"We have also planned and prepared for it." The World Health Organization had hailed the country as an example to others for having "successfully eliminated community transmission". New Zealand reported just 22 deaths in a population of around 5 million and had not recorded community transmission since 1 May. 

As a result, New Zealanders had been enjoying a near-normal lifestyle with no social distancing and spectators allowed at sports and cultural events. But health authorities had repeatedly warned people not to be complacent and said a second wave of infections was "inevitable".  headtopics.com

Auckland will be locked down for at least three days from tomorrow and some social distancing restrictions will be reintroduced in the rest of the country.  There is one new case of #COVID19 to report in managed isolation in New Zealand today.It has been 102 days since the last case of COVID-19 was acquired locally from an unknown source. Read more at https://t.co/wJiwvObGNA pic.twitter.com/enOlzulLAT

— Ministry of Health - Manatū Hauora (@minhealthnz) August 11, 2020 In a statement on its website, the country's health ministry said today's case is of a man in his 20s who had returned to New Zealand from Melbourne on 30 July. 

The ministry said the man was in "managed isolation" at a hotel in Auckland and tested negative on his third day there, but tested positive for coronavirus on day 12. He has been transferred to a quarantine facility in Auckland. 

An infectious disease expert in New Zealand said Auckland has been placed under a level 3 lockdown, which includes all schools remaining closed.Dr David Murdoch said he was hopeful the shutdown will be effective and the rest of New Zealand has been placed under level 2 restrictions, which involve reinforced distancing and hygiene messaging, and recommendations to wear face coverings. headtopics.com

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Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Sarah McInerney, Dr Murdoch said New Zealand's response to Covid-19 has been to react early and react hard and said people have been very "spooked" by the outbreak in the Australian state of Victoria.

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