Yes, it’s yet another country going into lockdown, but this time – it’s due to just a single COVID-19 case.
On Tuesday, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has put the entire nation under strict lockdown following a report of one new case of the coronavirus in the city of Auckland.
This is the country’s first COVID-19 case in six months.
Only Essential Services Operational In New Zealand
The entire country will be in lockdown for the next three days from Wednesday while Auckland and Coromandel will be in lockdown for seven days. The infected person has said to have also spent some time in the coastal town of Coromandel.
The strictest level 4 lockdown rules will apply where businesses and schools will be shut down. Only essential services will be allowed to be operational.
“The best thing we can do to get out of this as quickly as we can is to go hard,” Ardern told reporters. She added:
“We have made the decision on the basis that it is better to start high and go down levels rather than to go low, not contain the virus and see it move quickly.”
Suspected Delta Variant
Although not confirmed, Ardern also mentioned that authorities are assuming that the new case was a Delta variant infection. There may also be other cases, she said.
It’s almost hard to believe that the last reported community case of COVID-19 in New Zealand was in February! The country has followed a go-hard-and-early strategy which has clearly helped virtually eliminate COVID-19 domestically. This has allowed the country to go on with life as normal without any restrictions – although its international borders are still largely closed.
In total, New Zealand has reported approximately 2,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 26 related deaths.
A miniscule number compared to most parts of the world.