The coronavirus was found in a man over the age of 50 who had not traveled abroad. COVID-19 and three members of his family, as well as six people living in the same house with them, also fell ill. How exactly they became infected is still unknown. Specialists are already tracking the contacts of infected people, the prime minister said.
Auckland has introduced the strictest level of quarantine: people are not allowed to leave their homes, except for work, groceries, pharmacies or sports; schools, kindergartens and most businesses should close; meetings with people should be kept to a minimum.
Jacinda Ardern announced that the quarantine will be in effect until Friday, August 14, but did not specify whether it will be extended if new cases of coronavirus are detected in the city. According to the chief epidemiologist of New Zealand Ashley Bloomfield, the authorities are preparing for this scenario.
What about the coronavirus in New Zealand?
Until recently, everything was very good. On June 8, New Zealand said that all people diagnosed with COVID-19 in the country had recovered and lifted all coronavirus restrictions except strict border controls.
In more than 100 days, only 22 coronavirus patients have been diagnosed in the country – all of them newcomers to New Zealand. That is, no one among the local population had COVID-19.
New Zealand had one of the toughest quarantines in the world. According to Prime Minister Ardern, this is how the coronavirus in the country was completely overcome.
This approach was evaluated ambiguously, primarily pointing to its devastating impact on the economy. According to IMF estimates, it will decrease by the end of 2020 by 8%. At the same time, epidemics in New Zealand have recorded 1,540 infections and only 22 deaths from coronavirus in a country of 5 million people.