New Zealand stands out as one of the nations that has best known how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. For this reason, the measures it has adopted serve the rest of the countries as a reference or a way forward.
Now, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has decreed the confinement for three days of the more than five million inhabitants of the country, after a case of community transmission was detected in Auckland, the first since February 28.
This decision is due to the concern that this case corresponds to the Delta variant. The measure will take effect from this Tuesday, August 17. However, the inhabitants of Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula will be confined for seven days.
“We have only one chance. We need to go strong and early to stop the broadcasts, ”the nation’s highest authority told reporters.
In this way, New Zealanders will only be able to leave their homes wearing a mask to shop, play sports or undergo COVID-19 testing, among other essential reasons.
For their part, the health authorities explained that the infected person is a 58-year-old man who traveled last weekend to the Coromadel peninsula, and would have started his infectious period last Thursday.
At the moment it has not been possible to detect the origin of the virus or determine if it leaked from the quarantine centers for international travelers.
Ashley Bloomfield, New Zealand Health Director General, stressed the urgency for the entire territory to take the necessary measures to prevent another contagion.
“While this case has been identified in Auckland, it requires all of us to be part of the answer. It is a national issue, “said the health authority.
Since the pandemic began, New Zealand has registered more than 2,900 infections and 26 deaths.