Auckland on lockdown as New Zealand reports first local coronavirus cases for 102 days

Auckland on lockdown as New Zealand reports first local coronavirus cases for 102 days

Auckland on lockdown as New Zealand reports first local coronavirus cases for 102 days

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Auckland is locking down and the rest of New Zealand faces lesser restrictions for 72 hours after a four members of the same family tested positive for COVID-19, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: It’s the first cases not in managed isolation for 102 days, Ardern said at a news briefing.

“Together we have beaten the virus before. We can do so again.”

— Ardern

What to expect: From noon Wednesday until midnight Friday in Auckland, in-person school lessons will be closed to all but the children of essential workers, non-essential businesses can open, but there must be no physical interaction with customers and the Aucklanders are advised to work from home.

  • Those who outside of Auckland will not be allowed to travel to New Zealand’s most populous city for the lockdown period.
  • Social distancing measures will be reintroduced and larger gatherings, such as for events like funerals, will also be limited across the country.

What happened: NZ’s top health official Ashley Bloomfield added that a young child was among those to test positive. The family member who initially tested positive for the virus has no history of overseas travel, he said.

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