The New Zealand government on Friday extended the embargo in its largest city as the country faced its first COVID-19 outbreak in more than three months.
The Auckland shutdown started on Wednesday and will continue for another 12 days after a group of 30 viral infections were discovered on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported on Friday.
New Zealand went through 102 days without any reported cases of coronavirus. Health authorities are investigating whether transport workers were the source of the recent outbreak.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the shutdown would give authorities time to quarantine infected individuals.
“Together, we removed COVID before,”; Ardern said in a statement. “We have kept it for 102 days, longer than any other country. We have led the world in our COVID response, with the result that many people have been saved and our economy is saved. is growing faster than almost anywhere else. We can do all of that again. “
New Zealand Health Department Director General Ashley Bloomfield said health officials completed more than 15,000 tests on Thursday, adding that the results helped accurately determine the overall extent of contagion. translation phrase.
“All the cases up to this point are interrelated. They all belong to an Auckland-based cluster, ”said Health Minister Chris Hipkins. “And that’s the good news.”
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, New Zealand recorded a total of 1,602 coronavirus infections and 22 deaths.