On Monday, Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern announced that the country is going to extend the coronavirus restrictions in the city of Auckland till Sunday night, reported ARY News.
About two weeks ago, the coronavirus resurged in Auckland which forced the PM to impose a lockdown over 1.7 million residents by closing all schools and businesses. The lockdown was going to lift up on Wednesday.
PM Arden made it compulsory for everyone to use face masks while using public transports to control the spread of the virus.
Now the lockdown will end on Sunday night. The restrictions will step down from level 3 to level 2 from Monday, says Jacinda Ardern.
Almost 150 people have been contracted with COVID-19 in the past two weeks. Even though, the new case numbers are decreasing day by day.
According to PM Ardern, although the virus is contained but still it feels like this time it is going to stay for a while and the cases keep on coming for a while.
Moreover, she added that after easing the lockdown to level 2 in Auckland, the schools will reopen and all public gatherings will be restricted to ten people. On the other hand, the rest of the country will have restrictions at level 2 and the public gatherings will be limited to 100 people. On September 6th, the situations will be reviewed.
There are around 5 million people living in New Zealand out of which only 1,300 have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and 22 people lost their lives.
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