New Zealand Closes Restaurants, Schools, Vaccination Sites in Response to 1 COVID-19 Case
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Tuesday that she was imposing a lockdown order on the entire country following the discovery of a single COVID-19 case.
“The best thing we can do to get out of this as quickly as we can is to go hard,” said Arden at a news conference, reports Reuters. “We have made the decision on the basis that it is better to start high and go down levels rather than to go low, not contain the virus and see it move quickly.”
A 58-year-old man from Auckland reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. That city, plus the town of Coromandel that he also visited, must now lockdown for seven days. The rest of the country must lockdown for a minimum of three days.
The new restrictions snapping into place constitute a proper lockdown. They require people to stay in their homes unless they’re out to collect food, medicine, get a COVID-19 test, or exercise outside. Bars, restaurants, gyms, and playgrounds are all closed. Schools are required to shutter as well.
The New Zealand government is also asking residents to only make physical contact with the people they live with.
“If you want to talk to a friend, call or video c
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