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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.
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).
The Metropolitan Police Service said it had made 36 arrests, most for breaching months-old virus regulations that outlaw leaving home except for a limited number of reasons.
Ireland was forced to take a U-turn on number of guests allowed to attend wedding during pandemic after some brides-to-be dressed all in white to protest outside parliament on Tuesday .
Social media users were abuzz with the strange incident documented by a video of the funeral in front of a cemetery, in which mourners appeared screaming during the funeral of Ahmed PA, demanding to stop and open the shroud after they noticed the deceased moving inside the coffin and hearing his breath.
According to the decision of the State Attorney General no. 38 for 2020 to curb the spread of COVID-19, offenders will be fined Dhs3,000 if they leave their permanent or temporary residence during the announced ban times, he added.