• Bassma Al Jandaly, Editor In Chief

New Zealand extends Auckland ‘lockdown’ for 12 days

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a 12-day extension of the country’s Covid-19 restrictions, after cases grew to 29.

Four people had tested positive on Tuesday in Auckland, a three-day lockdown was brought in the following day, now that has been extended to 12 days.

The PM said the decision to extend the restrictions is in keeping with the cautionary approach and New Zealand's of going hard and going early.

She add that, in 12 days’ time, issue will be identified.

She added that, the first cases of the new outbreak were confirmed in Auckland, contact-tracing had uncovered an earlier case, involving a shop worker in Wellington who became sick on 31 July.

New Zealand could expect to see more cases from the clusters and it may continue to be linked to schools, churches and social gatherings.

In Auckland, all public places such as libraries, museums, cinemas, food courts, and playgrounds must be closed.

People must work from home where possible, and stay in their “household bubbles” when not at work or school.

Supermarkets and petrol stations can open, but other “close contact” businesses must shut.

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