New Zealand has reimposed lockdown in its largest city Auckland as four new novel coronavirus cases put an end to the 102 local infection-free days in the nation.
The lockdown was swiftly imposed as four new cases emerged, all from the same family, and none with travel history, the BCC reported. Health authorities now try to trace the spread.
Auckland residents will face most of the lockdown with large gatherings banned, social distancing reimposed, and non-essential business shut.
On June 8, New Zealand announced the country was returning back to normal as there was no community transmission in the country for 17 days.
While the whole world was grappling with the virus, New Zealand threw open all businesses, and even allowed large gatherings for people like in stadiums.
“We almost certainly will see cases here again, and I do want to say that again, we will almost certainly see cases here again,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in June.
It must be noted, other nations affected by COVID-19 did see zero community transmission in the past only to see resurgences.
So far New Zealand has recorded 1220 confirmed cases with 22 deaths since the pandemic arrived in February. With rigorous testing and strict lockdown, the nation was able to seal the virus and it went without a single infection for more than three months.
The nation of 5 million achieved the milestone of almost virtually eradicating the virus from the nation, a feat not many countries could do. Who hailed NZ for having “successfully eliminated community transmission”.
“We have had 102 days and it was easy to feel New Zealand was out of the woods,” President Arden said in a News Conference.
“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,” she said about the reimposition of lockdown.