New Zealand has moved back into lockdown following a new community case of Covid-19 in Auckland.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the alert-level 4 lockdown at a special press conference last night.
On Wednesday morning, the case was confirmed to be the delta variant. Four more people have tested positive to the virus overnight. They are all linked as close contacts of the initial community case.
The lockdown will start at 11.59pm on Tuesday 17th and last for seven days in Auckland and Coromandel. It will last for 3 days for the rest of New Zealand.
Contact tracing has started in Auckland in an effort to isolate and contain any spread. Aucklanders are being encouraged to social distance and exercise caution.
One person in Auckland has been diagnosed with Covid-19. However, they have had no immediate contact with an MIQ facility. The Auckland Regional Public Health unit is now undertaking interviews with the case so that it can begin tracing contacts.
Under Level 4 the following rules must be followed.
- People are to stay at home in their bubble other than for essential personal movement.
- Safe recreational activity is allowed in local area.
- Travel is severely limited.
- All gatherings cancelled and all public venues closed.
- Businesses closed except for essential services. For example, supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics, petrol stations and lifeline utilities.
- Educational facilities closed.