The New Zealand government closed Auckland which is its largest city after four new cases of COVID-19 were discovered in the city. The finding is the first case of transmission in the country, after the country has been free of the coronavirus for 102 days but the government is warning citizens not to be complacent as countries like Vietnam and Australia, which once controlled the virus, are once again fighting the virus.
Auckland Took Level 3 Restriction Immediately
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the level 3 restriction would take effect in Auckland from noon Wednesday 12 August 2020, as a precautionary measure. This means that the community is not allowed to work or attend school and meetings of more than 10 people will be limited.
The restrictions will be in place for three days through Friday, August 14, 2020. Chief Health Officer Ashley Bloomfield said the four confirmed cases belonged to one family. A person in their fifties has never traveled abroad.
“This is something we have prepared. We have been free for 102 days. No country has gone this far. And because we are the only ones, we have to make a plan,” said Prime Minister Ardern at the time. press conference, as reported by The Star, on Tuesday 11 August 2020.
Ardern points out that travel to Auckland on the North Island will be restricted unless you actually live there. In addition, other parts of New Zealand will enter Warning Level 2 for three days. This means that the social vocation of alienation will be restored.