Authorities in New Zealand have decreed the confinement of the city of Auckland for a period of seven days due to a new case of Covid-19, according to The Guardian.
The decision to confine about two million people in Auckland was justified by the New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, by the fact that the origin of this contagion is unknown. It is only known that in the days before the infection was detected, this unidentified person had attended several events in public spaces.
In the first months of 2021, while significant part of the world population was confined and limited in their movements, New Zealand achieved the unthinkable: zero Covid-19 cases and thus and end to confinement period. The images of concerts, parties, and barbecues without masks, social distancing or concern of New Zealanders appeared in the news all over the world.
The containment will isolate Auckland from the rest of the country, with entry and exit being “severely restricted” — this is level 3 alert. The whole archipelago will also move to level 2 of the health alert, which requires the use of masks in public transport and a ban on crowds of more than 100 people.
The country has been one of the most successful in the world in the fight against Covid-19: with a population of about five million, it had just over 2,200 cases of coronavirus, of which only 25 people died.