Monday, February 15, 2021
Auckland is on lockdown again
British mutant is found in New Zealand
New Zealand is seen around the world as a role model in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic. The island country has now reported its first new case since January – two of them appear to have been due to the British Coronavirus. How the alternative got to New Zealand remains unclear.
The Corona variant, which was first detected in Great Britain, was first detected in New Zealand. The country’s Ministry of Health said that two of the three cases recorded in the city of Auckland were due to the mutation. The three locally transmitted cases are the first new cases of corona since January. The result of sequencing the pathogen in the third case is still pending. Due to the discovery of cases on Sunday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern ordered the country’s largest city to be locked for three days.
So far, the Ministry of Health said that no link has been demonstrated between cases based on the mutations and other Corona cases in New Zealand. According to Chris Hipkins, Minister of Coronavirus Measures, those affected are an Auckland couple and their daughter. How the replacement arrived in New Zealand remains unclear, according to authorities.
Quickly in closing
The Ministry of Health confirmed that the evidence of the existence of mutations in the country supports “the decision to act quickly and aggressively” in order “to prevent the possibility of the spread of the disease.” In Auckland, the lockdown announced by Ardern went into effect at midnight. Schools and nearly all businesses are closed for 72 hours.
Meanwhile, according to Ardern, the first doses of the Biontech / Pfizer vaccine arrived in New Zealand. 60,000 packages have been brought to Auckland, where they will be vaccinated from Saturday to border officials and quarantine facility staff.
New Zealand is one of the role models worldwide in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic. Since the start of the crisis, about 2,000 infections have been detected in the island nation of five million people, and 25 people have died in connection with Covid-19.
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