New Zealand has been sent into a snap lockdown following the emergence of one Covid-19 case in the country.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern ordered the move after the country reported its first case of community transmission in six months.
All of New Zealand will be in lockdown for three days starting tomorrow, while Auckland and a coastal town that the infected person had spent time in will be in lockdown for seven days.
Imposing the strictest level 4 lockdown, schools, offices and all businesses will be shut down, only essential services will be permitted to open.
“The best thing we can do to get out of this as quickly as we can is to go hard,” Ardern said.
“We have made the decision on the basis that it is better to start high and go down levels rather than to go low, not contain the virus and see it move quickly”.
Ardern said authorities are assuming the new case is the Delta variant, but she stressed this has not been confirmed as of yet.
New Zealand reported its last case of community transmission in February of this year.