New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Saturday announced a new one-week confinement in Auckland, the country’s most populous city (which isn’t, however, the capital, it is in Wellington). This confinement, which begins Sunday and continues until Sunday March 7, was decided after the discovery of a block of unknown origin within the city. So residents will be forced to stay at home, except for essential shopping or jobs deemed essential.
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Jacinda Ardern said at a press conference that the rest of New Zealand is subject to a Level 2 alert threshold, that is, restrictions that specifically prohibit all public gatherings.
In mid-February, the city of Auckland, which has a population of nearly 2 million, was already put on flash lockdown for three days after a family of three was diagnosed with the most transmissible variant in the UK.
New Zealand is the developed country with the lowest number of Covid-19 cases during the first wave of the pandemic. With just over 2,000 cases and 26 deaths since the start of the crisis, the Lowy Institute has ranked the country as “best studentTo the world in terms of health crisis management. Her health strategy, which consists of hitting quickly and hard as soon as the slightest warning signal is detected, appears to have proven effective so far.
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