the streets of the cities of New Zealand They were essentially deserted this Wednesday (20), when the country came back to life for the first time in six months under lockdown in an effort to stop the spread of the contagious delta version of the coronavirus.
New Zealand was virus free and was living without restrictions until the country’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern. Order a three-day national lockdown on Tuesday After a single suspected Delta case was found in its largest city, Auckland.
The number of Covid-19 cases had risen to ten on Wednesday, but models suggest the number could be between 50 and 100.
“Based on the experience of what we see overseas, we are certainly expecting more cases,” Ardern said.
“The withdrawal of the lockdown will put the country in a “very low-risk position”, he said at a press conference.
New Zealand will have a scale 4 lockdown, the highest alert level, for at least three days and Auckland for seven days.
Ardern said genome sequencing showed that the Auckland case is linked to an outbreak in the neighboring Australian state of New South Wales, but it is still unclear how the delta entered the community.
In the capital Wellington, few people entered the centre, which was usually crowded with shoppers and office workers, and television footage showed similar scenes in Auckland.
Businesses and schools virtually rushed to get back online.
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