New Zealand announced on the 11th that Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand, had been “closed” after four new cases of local NCV infection were confirmed again, breaking the previous 102 day record of no new cases in this South Pacific island country.
Ashley Bloomfield, director general of New Zealand’s Ministry of health, said on the 11th that all the four new cases came from the same family in the southern suburb of Auckland, and none of them had a history of overseas travel, and one of them was in his 50s. Health agencies are tracking close contacts.
New Zealand has a population of about 5 million. Auckland, located on the North Island, accounts for about one-third of the total population. It is the largest city and economic center. Local media reported that after the zero new record was broken, panic appeared in New Zealand, people flocked to supermarkets to buy and store daily necessities, and commercial shops were ready to close down.
New Zealand Prime Minister jessinda Aden said that to be cautious, Auckland raised the epidemic prevention and control measures to level 3 from noon on the 12th, that is, people are required to stay at home and limit the gathering of more than 10 people. Only permanent residents of Auckland can be allowed to enter the city.
“we have been preparing for this.” Aden told an ad hoc news conference that the reason for the strict measures was that the route of infection was still unclear.
“after 102 days (zero increase), it’s easy to feel that New Zealand has come out of the mire. No country has done this. Because we are ahead of us, we have to make (emergency) plans in advance, and we have indeed done so.”
New Zealand is scheduled to hold its triennial parliamentary election on September 19. In addition to Auckland, the prevention and control measures in other areas of New Zealand will be upgraded to level 2 from noon on the 12th for a period of three days, that is to maintain social distance and limit the gathering of more than 100 people. Aden said that at this stage, she has not considered the possible impact of a new round of prevention and control measures on the election.
Auckland mayor Phil Goff said in a statement: “I urge Auckland citizens to join hands to block community communication as they did last time. Please keep calm, don’t panic shopping and abide by the “city closure” rules. ”
New Zealand set a record of no new cases in 100 days on the 9th, but said it would be wary of precedents in Vietnam, Australia and other countries where the epidemic situation was first controlled and then rebounded.
New Zealand reported the first confirmed case of new crown on February 26, implemented strict “city closure” measures for several weeks, and reported the last case of community-based transmission on May 1. Aden previously announced that New Zealand has eliminated the epidemic.
as the route of infection of the confirmed cases is unknown, Bloomfield said that more confirmed cases may appear in the next few days, so people should wear masks when it is difficult to maintain social distance. “This is a reminder of any carelessness.” (field) (Xinhua special feature)