Coronavirus: New Zealand reports 4 new cases after 102 days

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

12th Aug, 2020. 11:28 am

New Zealand has reported 4 new cases after 102 days, the country has imposed lockdown again.

Sources said that the four cases reported were all members of the same family. No one had any traveled history. Authorities are working to trace contacts of the family.

Authorities had imposed a three-day lockdown in Auckland after the cases were confirmed.

According to details, Auckland residents will be required to stay at home. Large gatherings have also been banned. All non-essential businesses will be closed and social distancing measures will be implemented across the country.

Prime Minister Jacinda Arden delayed the dissolution of parliament on Wednesday. The dissolution has been delayed until Monday.

However, Ms. Arden said that no decision has been taken regarding the delay of elections, originally scheduled for 19 September.

“We have some time to work through that,” she said.

No locally transmitted case was reported in 102 days. All 22 active cases were among people having travel history. Active coronavirus patients have been isolated. 

New Zealand had earlier lifted strict coronavirus restrictions, first imposed in March. 

PM Jacinda Arden said that level three restrictions will be imposed on Wednesday in Auckland as a “precautionary approach”. 

She said that the level two of New Zealand’s 4-tier alert system of measures will be imposed in the rest of the world.

“This is something we have prepared for,” Ms. Ardern said at a news conference.

“We have had 102 days and it was easy to feel New Zealand was out of the woods. No country has gone as far as we did without having a resurgence. And because we were the only ones, we had to plan. And we have planned”.

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