New Zealand has put its largest city back into lockdown in the wake of recording four new Covid-19 cases, finishing a 102-day streak without a local infection.
A three-day lockdown was quickly imposed in Auckland after the cases were confirmed.
The four new cases are for the most part individuals from a single family. None had travelled recently.
The restrictions will become effective on Wednesday, as specialists scramble to trace contacts of the family.
Auckland residents will be approached to remain at home, enormous get-togethers will be prohibited, unimportant organizations will be closed, and some social-distancing restrictions will be reintroduced in the rest of the country.
New Zealand has fared superior to different nations, recording 1,220 affirmed cases and 22 deaths since the virus arrived in late February.
Prior to Tuesday, New Zealand had gone 102 days without recording a privately communicated instance of Covid-19, one of the few countries to reach such a milestone.
Each of the 22 dynamic instances of the infection before Tuesday’s announcement were among returning travelers quarantined in isolation facilities.
Praised internationally for its handling of the pandemic, the country’s government had lifted almost the entirety of its lockdown limitations, first forced in March.
An early lockdown, intense fringe limitations, viable wellbeing informing and a forceful test-and-follow program have all been credited with virtually eliminating out the virus in the country.
But as infections continue to rise across the world, outperforming 20 million all inclusive on Tuesday, New Zealand authorities have warned against complacency.
Announcing the lockdown, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it was important to go hard and go ahead of early to stamp out the virus.
Auckland – a city of around 1.6 million people – would move to level three limitations from 12:00 neighborhood time (01:00 BST) on Wednesday as a “precautionary approach”, she said.
The prime minister said the rest of the nation would move to level two of New Zealand’s 4-level ready arrangement of measures against Covid-19.
“This is something we have arranged for,” Ms Ardern said at a news conference.
“We have had 102 days and it was easy to feel New Zealand was free and clear. No nation has gone the extent that we managed without having a resurgence. What’s more, since we were the main ones, we needed to design. What’s more, we have planned,” she said.
Chief General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, said at any rate three days of lockdown were required in Auckland to trace the source of the new cases.
“We’re hoping to see different cases,” Dr Bloomfield said. “We need to locate those different cases as quickly as time permits and identify or isolate any contacts.”
Fully expecting a pre-lockdown race to general stores, Ms Ardern and the city hall leader of Auckland, Phil Goff, called for calm, saying there was no need to panic-buy.
Despite their pleas, large crowds of shoppers were seen lining at general stores on Tuesday night, as they attempted to load up before lockdown.
One video posted to social media shows clients streaming through the entryway of a general store as a safety officer attempts to keep them from entering.
The World Health Organization (WHO) had hailed New Zealand for instance to others for having “successfully eliminated community transmission”.
But other countries have had early success in suppressing the virus, only to see infections rise again after lifting lockdown restrictions that damaged the economy.
Vietnam went 99 days with no network transmission until July when a 57-year-elderly person in Da Nang tested positive for the virus.
Before the end of July, Da Nang was the epicenter of a new coronavirus outbreak, leading the nation’s first coronavirus death since the pandemic began. Australia, as well, has seen a resurgence of Covid-19 in certain states, including New South Wales and Victoria, where a strict lockdown has been imposed.
This news is originally posted on BBC News.