Today, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the extension of the general closure in Auckland for an additional two weeks, and did not announce when the closure would end yet.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the extension of the general closure in Auckland, the country's largest city, for an additional two weeks, at a time when the authorities sought to step up vaccination operations against Corona.
Decision to extend the general closure in New Zealand
Ardern said at a press conference that there will be no changes to the 62-day social restrictions in Auckland, noting that "any temporary easing of restrictions, will not help the success of our plan to reduce cases of corona and increase vaccinations."
"The most important thing that will make a difference right now, besides vaccinations, is continued compliance with the restrictions," she added.
Some restrictions have been eased to allow people to leave their homes and meet others outdoors in groups limited to 10 people, in addition to allowing visits to beaches and parks, but schools, businesses and offices remain closed, and indoor gatherings are not allowed.
The Pacific country was among the few countries to reach zero cases of corona last year, and remained largely free of corona, until an outbreak of the "delta" variable in August thwarted efforts to eliminate transmission.
It is worth noting that the general closure began in the city of 1.7 million people in mid-August, in an attempt to stop the outbreak of the highly contagious “delta” variant of Corona.