Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand Prime Minister, speaks to the media. Photo: Nick Perry / AP / dpa (Nick Perry / dpa)
After a three-day lockdown due to the emergence of a British coronavirus variant in Auckland, measures in New Zealand’s largest city will be lifted substantially.
Schools and stores are likely to open their doors on Thursday. In addition, meetings of up to 100 people are permitted, provided that social distancing rules are adhered to, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Wednesday. All procedures were said to be likely to end on Monday.
Last weekend, three people tested positive for the British variant. And the injured belong to a family in the south of the capital. Health Authority chief Ashley Bloomfield said that in widespread testing, three other people were discovered infected, but they all belonged to the same family.
Due to very strict measures and careful contact tracing, New Zealand with a population of five million has so far successfully combated the virus. The island nation has long since returned to largely normal life. There are once again stadiums fully occupied without the need for a mask.
In total, only about 2,000 infections are known to date, and 25 people have died in connection with Covid-19. According to the Australian Lowy Institute, New Zealand has shown the best management of the Corona crisis in the world.
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