Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, will begin a week-long lockdown from early Sunday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Saturday, following the detection of a new COVID-19 case.
From Sunday, two million people will only be allowed to leave their home for essential shopping and essential work, Jacinda Ardernsaid, and all public venues will remain closed.
The patient developed symptoms on Tuesday and is regarded as having been potentially infectious since Sunday, officials said. The person had visited several public venues during that period.
“Based on this, we are in the unfortunate but necessary position to protect Aucklanders again,” Ms Ardern said, announcing the lockdown.