New Zealand: one family has corona, 1.7 million people in lockdown

Auckland, New Zealands largest city, went into lockdown for three days on Sunday, after a family tested positive for the corona virus.

There are three members of a family: a couple and their daughter. The measures, announced on Sunday by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, mean that everyone should stay at home and residents should only go on the road for essential messages and essential work. The lockdown hits the entire city, with about 1.7 million inhabitants. It was six months since the last lockdown was proclaimed in New Zealand.

In three days, we should be able to gather enough information on possible further dissemination and be able to deploy a comprehensive test programme. We think the cautious approach is the right one,โ€ says Ardern.

New Zealand had no local virus cases for months until recent infections and was seen as one of the countries that successfully managed to combat the lung virus with very stringent measures. By closing its international borders early, the island state has virtually eradicated the virus in the early stages of the pandemic.

On Monday it was announced that no other infections have yet been detected outside the three known cases. This increases the hope that the measures will be short-lived.