The New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (41) is driving a rock-hard course in her Corona policy. Last Tuesday, Ardern imposed a nationwide lockdown after just one case in Auckland. It was the first known corona case in almost six months.
Due to eleven new corona cases, his lockdown is extended to at least Tuesday. The country currently has 31 corona cases in connection with the latest outbreak.
Schools shut, tough rules
So far, all infections had occurred in Auckland, but now there are also some in the capital Wellington, according to the information. “We don’t yet know the full extent of this delta eruption. All in all, it shows us that we have to be careful, ”said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Until then, infections had only been detected at the border. Schools and non-essential businesses are currently closed in New Zealand. Citizens are only allowed to leave the house under certain conditions, for example for medical care or to go shopping in the supermarket.
Travel corridor to Australia closed
Of the approximately five million New Zealanders, more than two million have received at least one dose of vaccine so far.
The island nation in the South Pacific had largely isolated itself from the outside world in March 2020. In April, the government opened a travel corridor with neighboring Australia, but it was closed again at the end of July due to a corona wave down under.