WELLINGTON: New Zealand’s largest metropolis of Auckland will stay in strict Covid-19 lockdown for no less than one other week as a Delta variant outbreak “rumbles along”, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern mentioned Monday.
Ardern mentioned the town’s two million residents wanted to abide by stay-at-home orders due to the emergence of a number of “mystery cases” which had not but been linked to current clusters.
“These mystery cases are still coming through and the fact we’re finding them through surveillance and community testing, rather than contact tracing, is what we’re concerned about,” she mentioned.
New Zealand imposed a nationwide lockdown on August 17 when the primary case of the extremely transmissible Delta variant was discovered locally.
However stay-at-home orders had been lifted outdoors Auckland final week because it grew to become obvious that each one new circumstances had been rising within the metropolis.
Ardern dominated out lifting Auckland’s laborious lockdown earlier than September 21 however mentioned the town ought to then transfer down an alert degree on the nation’s four-tier coronavirus response system.
With 33 new neighborhood circumstances recorded within the metropolis on Monday, Ardern mentioned she was cautious of lifting restrictions too early.
“(Case) numbers are rumbling along and this has been evident in the last three days,” she mentioned.
“This doesn’t mean our collective efforts in Auckland are not making a difference.”
New Zealand is pursuing a “Covid zero” elimination technique — which has resulted in simply 27 deaths in a inhabitants of 5 million all through the pandemic.
It had been freed from neighborhood circumstances for six months earlier than the August outbreak, with residents having fun with a near-normal home life alongside tight restrictions on worldwide borders.
The Delta an infection prompted speedy lockdowns due to low vaccination charges, with knowledge this week displaying solely a few third of the eligible inhabitants are totally jabbed.