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New Zealand's Ardern extends lockdown to stamp out coronavirus outbreak

New Zealand's Ardern extends lockdown to stamp out coronavirus outbreak

8/14/2020 11:25:00 AM

New Zealand 's Ardern extends lockdown to stamp out coronavirus outbreak

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern extended a lockdown in the country's biggest city on Friday in response to the first national coronavirus outbreak in months, sticking with a 'go early, go hard' approach she said has proven effective.

5 Min ReadWELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern extended a lockdown in the country’s biggest city on Friday in response to the first national coronavirus outbreak in months, sticking with a “go early, go hard” approach she said has proven effective.

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FILE PHOTO: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks during a joint press conference held with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia, February 28, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File PhotoArdern said genomic testing has shown the latest outbreak is a different strain to the original outbreak in New Zealand earlier in the year, suggesting it was new to the country.

The New Zealand leader said lockdown measures in Auckland, home to about 1.7 million people, and social distancing measures across the country that were imposed on Wednesday would remain in place for another 12 days.Her swift action followed the discovery on Tuesday of the country’s first COVID-19 infections in 102 days, in a family in Auckland. Since then, officials have identified a total of 29 cases, all linked to the same cluster.

“As we have said from the start, our overall Covid-19 strategy remains elimination,” Ardern said in a televised media conference. “Together, we have got rid of Covid before. We have kept it out for 102 days, longer than any other country. We can do all of that again.”

Ardern is under pressure ahead of a upcoming general election, with the main opposition National Party accusing the government of failing to secure quarantine facilities and withholding information.Ardern said contact tracing and genomic testing had found no links with the current outbreak to the country’s border entry points or managed quarantine facilities. She said genome sequencing disproved the theory from some health experts that the virus could have been quietly moving through community since the original outbreak.

“This suggests this is not a case of the virus being dormant or of a burning ember in our community,” she said. “It appears to be new to New Zealand.”Health Minister Chris Hipkins said earlier that genome testing suggested the new virus outbreak had originated in Britain or Australia.

Ardern cautioned that more cases were likely in the coming days but said she was confident officials would successfully identify the “perimeter” of the cluster - if not its source - allowing them to isolate cases and remove restrictions.The earliest case authorities have identified to date is a worker at an Auckland-based cool store owned U.S.-based Americold Realty Trust, who became ill around July 31. Almost a dozen other infections have been directly linked to the facility.

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The current Level 3 restrictions in Auckland requiring people to mostly remain at home, and level 2 restrictions for the rest of the country, are not as severe as the five-week level 4 shutdown she imposed earlier in the year.“I would characterise our approach as a ‘short but precautionary hold’ in an ongoing investigation that will stamp out the virus,” she said of the current measures, which will last a total of 14 days, the known incubation period for the virus.

ECONOMY WORRIESThe opposition National Party has been pressuring Ardern to delay the Sept. 19 election, arguing their inability to campaign because of restrictions gave her government an unfair advantage. Ardern said on Friday she would make a decision in the next 48 hours.

New Zealanders celebrated when Ardern appeared to eliminate community transmission of the coronavirus with the earlier hard lockdown that forced almost everyone to stay at home.There were concerns a repeat of that process would come with a huge economic cost and Ardern on Friday announced the extension of a wage subsidy scheme and mortgage deferral program to support businesses and protect jobs.

“Lifting restrictions now and seeing a potential explosion in cases is the worst thing we could do for Auckland and the New Zealand economy,” she said.Prior to the extension announcement, Westpac Banking Corp estimated the current level of lockdown measures in Auckland and the rest of New Zealand would cost the economy about NZ$300 million, or 0.5% of gross domestic product.

Reserve Bank of New Zealand Deputy Governor Geoff Bascand told Reuters a sustained resurgence of the virus posed “a major risk” to the bank’s outlook.Reporting by Praveen Menon; Editing by Jane Wardell Read more: Reuters Top News »

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قرار شجاع من رئيسة الوزراء لإغلاق مدينة اوكلاند العاصمة الاقتصادية للبلاد بالكامل بعد اكتشاف 4 حالات لفايروس كورونا !!وذلك بعد 100 يوم من عدم اكتشاف حالات جديدة افكر في مدينتي الصغيرة ذات الـ 180 الف نسمة وبمعدل 30 اصابة يومياً للشهرين الماضيين والتي تعيش حياة مفتوحة بالكامل🤷🏻‍♂️ No messing, that’s the way to do it.

karolcummins GavinNewsome How many $s paid FMI? Occident is starving due to the pandemic, to survive people is required to remain home, which unfortunately kill the economies. Everyone is dying, but not China. Time to wake up and discover the reality, the evil plan from China to control the World and to impose their system

And Covid will still be there after lockdown. Covid 1 Jacinda Ardern 0 Auckland AucklandLockdown She is going to defeat it a 2nd time before CyrilRamaphosa and DrZweliMkhize figure out what the fuck ... They will watch but not learn. When you are destined to fail ... Tyrants Told you so...12 positive tests on millions of ppl...hurry up! Lockdown!

that tyranny always happens when either the left, beta males or women are on the helm. I feel bad for the kiwis She’s always overreacting and hysterical. I hope they do the right thing in the coming election Why are they showing dave grohl? martyvidnovic I think the naysayers here should get their facts straight - our aim was to flatten the curve,we did that & we have ALWAYS expected it to come back we prepared for it.Our economy is taking a beating, but we are not beaten ! KIA KAHA AOTEAROA

You mean, “prolongs the inevitable.” Lots of envious people in this thread. Something for this marxist to get her teeth into that furthers her state control agenda. Internment and election postponement. She must be filling up with happiness! If they are negotiating with the UK at the moment ..... then they have found the source. Anyway, she is doing a very good job, one of the best leaders in the world.

When people say New Zealand as a good example I laugh. They think it is a war that can be won. It can’t and it is a fools game to think that you can. They have sealed themselves from the world and yet they have it again. COVID is a wildfire that always happens treat it as such. Proof that just shutting your country down and running your economy into the ground doesn't work, covid will come eventually and it will work its way through your population!

Arden is a Fabian socialist, so is Dan Andrews. Globalist agenda being rolled out through their think tank lackeys. Remember a month ago when broadsheets and news websites were awash with the headline “New Zealand eradicates Coronavirus”. What absolute nonsense. Bet she’s rubbish in bed Until at least 2075.

New Outbreak In New Zealand Leads To New Rules And Supermarket RunsFour new likely cases of COVID-19 are linked to a cluster in an Auckland family announced Tuesday. The country returns to tighter restrictions and is promoting an app to help with contact tracing. They were feeling left out of the totalitarian regime game. Can benefit from panic if you don't create some. The 'look how safe we are' message wasn't generating the attention they wanted. Swift action! First cases in over a hundred I wonder what that must be like.

New Zealand reports 12 new confirmed coronavirus cases New Zealand on Friday reported 12 new confirmed cases of coronavirus for the last 24 hours as the country awaits an announcement from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on whether a lockdown in its biggest city will be eased or extended. Oh shucks Here we go again. No herd immunity

New Zealand reports new coronavirus cluster as country battles fresh outbreak New Zealand reported 13 new community coronavirus cases on Thursday as the country tackles a fresh outbreak that ended an enviable run of more than 100 days without any locally transmitted infections. Media keeps giving parties every other day 'Oh congrats NZ is free of COVID, bitch is awesome' then again 'its back'... The same idiocy is put on loop... 13? omg! it's the covocalypse! 😱😱 But compare that to how many just one US state had in one day or the whole country ! Sure as hell wasn’t only 13!

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New Zealand scrambles to contain coronavirus resurgence as it heads toward election New Zealand was scrambling to trace the source of its first coronavirus outbreak in more than three months, reporting 13 new community infections on Thursday, after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had sought to eradicate the virus with a hard lockdown. there's she go... now dogs start questioning her😪😪 Covid : 1 Jacinda Ardern : 0

New Zealand races to contain first coronavirus outbreak in over 3 months - Business InsiderBusiness Insider is a fast-growing business site with deep financial, media, tech, and other industry verticals. Launched in 2007, the site is now the largest business news site on the web. Wow She can't cover anymore. Least she’s proactive... many leaders could learn a thing or two from her