New Covid-19 Cases for the First Time in 102 Days


Sarah Peddie

In New Zealand, there has been a new outbreak of the coronavirus for the first time in 102 days since the last new case was recorded.

The country’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today (11 August) that Auckland would be in a temporary lockdown due to the outbreak in the area. 

It is not yet known how the virus spread or where it came from as it is an unknown source but all four cases are in the same family. This has pushed the Prime Minister to take precautionary action. 

Auckland will move into level three of restrictions from 12 noon tomorrow. The restrictions will only be in place for three days until midnight on Friday (14 August). The rest of the country will move to level two of restrictions. 

Level three means people should work from home unless they are essential workers. Bars and restaurants will close and restrictions will be in place at weddings and funerals. 

Pharmacies and supermarkets will remain open. 

People who are currently in Auckland but do not live in the city can return home but must be aware of the symptoms and must isolate if any appear. 

Residents in Auckland have been asked to stay at home and been told to act as if they themselves and their family have the virus. 

The Government will provide the public with an update on Friday. 

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