New Zealand records 4 Covid-19 cases after 102 days without infection

New Zealand records 4 Covid-19 cases after 102 days without infection

- New locally-transmitted infections in New Zealand have been confirmed by the country's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

- None of the cases had a history of travel outside the island nation

- Public gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited in Auckland city while schools are closed for three days

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New Zealand has recorded four Covid-19 cases after 102 days of being coronavirus-free.

The new locally-transmitted infections were confirmed by the country's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who re-introduced coronavirus restrictions to curb the spread of the pandemic.

New Zealand records 4 COVID-19 cases after 102 days without local infection

New Zealand PM Jacinda Arden speaking at a past event. Photo: Getty images.
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New Zealand's Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield revealed all the four cases were found within one household in South Auckland and none of the cases had a history of travel outside the island nation.

"We have been preparing for that time, and that time is now. The health system is well-prepared," Bloomfield was quoted by CNN.
New Zealand records four Covid-19 cases after 102 days without local infection

New Zealand had confirmed 1 575 Covid-19 cases as of Wednesday, 12 August. Photo: CDC
Source: UGC

The PM said level three Covid-19 restrictions would be re-imposed from Wednesday, August 12.

"In line with our precautionary approach we will be asking Aucklanders to take swift actions with us, as of noon Wednesday, August 12, we will be moving Auckland to level 3 restrictions," said Ardern.

The new measures mean various businesses such as restaurants and bars and non-essential shops would have to shut down.

Public gatherings of more than 10 people would also be prohibited in the city while schools would be closed for three days. The new cases came just two days after it celebrated 100 days without recording any virus spread since May 1.

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The country has been praised globally for its precise determination in handling the virus since it was first recorded in late February.

Among other measures that were implemented included an early lockdown, tough border restrictions, effective health messaging and an aggressive test-and-trace programme, which played a great role in reducing the spread of the virus.

Vietnam on the other hand went for 99 days without recording any virus until July when a 57-year-old man in Da Nang tested positive for Covid-19, making the city a new epicentre for the outbreak. In July, Taiwan was also praised for its virus response having reached the landmark as well.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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