Restrictions in the largest city in the country to be imposed after a single Covid case of unknown origin has been recorded

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the country’s largest city, Auckland, would be under lockdown for seven days early Sunday morning after a new local case of coronavirus of unknown origin emerged

It comes two weeks after Auckland’s nearly 2 million residents were caught in a three-day lockdown when a family of three was diagnosed with the more communicable British variant of the coronavirus

Health officials who could not immediately confirm how the person became infected said genome sequencing of the new infection was in progress The patient developed symptoms Tuesday and has been considered potentially infectious since Sunday The person visited several public venues during that time / p>

“On that basis, we are in the unfortunate but necessary position to protect the Aucklanders again,” said Ardern, announcing the lockdown

Health officials were trying to find out if the new case is linked to the earlier February cluster, which is now at 12 infections

The lockdown with level 3 restrictions allows people to leave the house only for essential purchases and important work, Ardern said Public Venues Remain Closed Restrictions in the rest of the country will be tightened on Level 2 restrictions, including the Public Gathering Restrictions

New Zealand, one of the most successful industrialized nations in fighting the spread of the pandemic, has had a little more than 2 months since the pandemic began000 cases of coronavirus

A marquee Twenty20 cricket match scheduled for Friday in Auckland between New Zealand and Australia will be held in Wellington without the crowds, New Zealand Cricket said

The new restrictions also made the America’s Cup event yacht race, which will be held on Nov. The America’s Cup event said on Twitter it was working “by the implications”

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/27/new-zealand-auckland-to-go-into-seven-day-covid-lockdown