New Zealand lockdown: Nation records first coronavirus outbreak after 102 days, PM says


    The New Zealand leader urged people in Auckland to stay at home for the next three days as she announced a new temporary local lockdown of the city. Four new cases of coronavirus were recorded, Jacinda Ardern said, after 102 days of the country being infection-free. The Prime Minister urged people not to rush to supermarkets as she reassured food shops and pharmacies would remain open. 

    Addressing the nation from Wellington, she said: “We’ve learned from overseas that there is a need to go hard and go early and stamp out the risk of a wider outbreak.

    “As disruptive as it is our strong response remains the best long-term economic response.

    “In line with our precautionary approach we will be asking Aucklanders to take swift action with us.

    “As of 12 noon tomorrow, Wednesday, August 12, we will be moving Auckland to level three restrictions for a period of three days until midnight on Friday.

    “These three days will give us time to assess the situation, gather information, make sure we have widespread contact tracing so we can find out more about how these cases arose and make decisions on how to respond to it once we have further information.”

    She added: “We are asking people in Auckland to stay home to stop the spread.

    “This means doing the simple things that you’re already familiar with to prevent picking up the virus or passing it onto others.

    “Act as if you have COVID and as if people around you have COVID.”

    More to follow…


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