Auckland, New Zealand’s most populous city, will be re-confined from February 28 for at least seven days after new cases of Covid-19 are discovered. In the rest of the country, gatherings of more than 100 people are prohibited.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on February 27 the reconfinement for at least a week of Auckland, a city in the north of the country of 1.7 million inhabitants. A decision taken following the discovery of new cases of Covid-19, and less than two weeks after a three-day confinement of the city.
Jacinda Ardern said in particular that a new confirmed case of coronavirus was “a cause for concern” because it concerned a person contagious for a week who had not isolated. According to her, this confirmed case cannot however be directly linked to other positive tests recorded for two weeks.
From February 28 in the morning, the inhabitants of Auckland will therefore have to stay at home except for work or to make essential purchases. Schools and non-essential stores will be closed. Entrances and exits from the city will be limited.
The previous confinement, the first for nearly six months in Auckland, had been established after the discovery of three cases in the city.
The rest of the country will be subject to level two restrictions that ban gatherings of more than 100 people and require masks to be worn on public transport.