In New Zealand, after 100 days without any outbreak of COVID-19 cases, four new cases have been registered in the capital Auckland without indications as to the cause of the cases. Reacting to this, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that as from tomorrow, Auckland will be under lockdown until Friday at midnight. People will have to work from home except those rendering essential services will public outlets such as bars, restaurants and commercial outlets have been ordered to close.
“As of 12 noon tomorrow, Wednesday, August 12th, we will be moving Auckland to level 3 restrictions for a period of three days, until midnight on Friday,” she said.
Outside Auckland, mass activities have been restricted to 100 persons. New Zealand has so far had a success story in the containment of the pandemic as compared worldwide with the registration of 20 deaths since last February.