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Gulf Today Report
Auckland, New Zealand in second lockdown this month due to cluster of contagious COVID-19 UK variant.
The nearly 2 million population have been placed on a seven-day lockdown due to a case of a person that had been infectious for a week but not in isolation.
Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said, "It is more than likely there will be additional cases in the community."
The new restrictions follow a three-day stay-at-home order in mid-February when the UK variant of the virus was identified in New Zealand.
Opposition leader Judith Collins urged tougher penalties for those who do not follow advice on isolation. "No one wants to be yo-yoing in and out lockdown," Collins said in a statement.
The new lockdown, part of Level 3 curbs, lets people leave home only for essential shopping and work, while public venues will stay shut. Curbs elsewhere in New Zealand are to be tightened to Level 2, setting limits on public gatherings.
Since the outbreak, New Zealand has recorded 2,000 infections and 26 deaths.
New Zealand's largest city Auckland will remain in a coronavirus lockdown for at least another two weeks but some restrictions will be eased slightly from Wednesday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a news conference.
“Cabinet has a check-in on November 29, and based on cabinet's discussion today there is a strong expectation that Auckland will move into the Covid-19 protection framework, following this November 29 check in,” said Ardern.
Exactly a year after New Zealand recorded its first coronavirus case, the biggest city of Auckland woke up on Sunday to a second lockdown this month, as authorities try to keep a cluster of the more contagious UK variant in check.
The threat of COVID-19 pandemic is not over at all. The world has to be careful till the coronavirus vaccine is introduced with the approval of the World Health Organisation, and available for everyone (“New Zealand extends Auckland virus lockdown by 12 days,” Aug.14, Gulf Today).
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