© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses supporters at a Labour Celebration occasion in Wellington, New Zealand, October 11, 2020. REUTERS/Praveen Menon/File Picture


By Praveen Menon

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern put the nation below strict lockdown on Tuesday after one new case of the coronavirus was reported in its largest metropolis of Auckland, the nation’s first in six months.

All of New Zealand might be in lockdown for 3 days from Wednesday whereas Auckland and Coromandel, a coastal city that the contaminated particular person had additionally frolicked in, might be in lockdown for seven days.

Imposing its hardest degree 4 lockdown guidelines, colleges, workplaces and all companies might be shut down and solely important providers might be operational.

“One of the best factor we are able to do to get out of this as rapidly as we are able to is to go exhausting,” Ardern advised a information convention.

“We’ve got made the choice on the premise that it’s higher to begin excessive and go down ranges relatively than to go low, not include the virus and see it transfer rapidly,” she stated.

Ardern stated authorities had been assuming the brand new case was a Delta variant an infection though this has not been confirmed. There could also be different instances, she stated.

The final reported neighborhood case of COVID-19 in New Zealand was in February.

New Zealand has adopted a go-hard-and-early technique that has helped it nearly get rid of COVID-19 domestically, permitting folks to dwell with out restrictions though its worldwide borders stay largely closed.

The nation has reported about 2,500 confirmed instances of coronavirus and 26 associated deaths.

The New Zealand greenback tumbled on the announcement, falling 1.5% to $0.6926 after the lockdown was introduced.

The information got here a day earlier than the Reserve Financial institution of New Zealand is anticipated to develop into the primary central financial institution amongst developed international locations to boost rates of interest for the reason that pandemic because the economic system booms.



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