New Zealand to lift COVID lockdown from Auckland on Sunday

at 4:30 pm
New Zealand

New Delhi (NVI): Auckland’s seven-day lockdown is due to lift on Sunday morning after no new cases of coronavirus were recorded in the community on Friday.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Auckland would go from alert level three to level two at 6 am on Sunday, while the rest of the country would move down to level one.

A decision made to downgrade Auckland to level one would be made before the following weekend.

In the meantime, church congregations will be capped at 100 people, and some contacts of the confirmed cases – or those who may have been exposed to the virus – would be required to continue to self-isolate.

Notably, no new cases of community transmission have been recorded in the past five days.

A week’s lockdown in Auckland was imposed in response to a mystery COVID positive case.

It later emerged that family members of the infected person had defied isolation orders, socialising with friends who later tested positive for Covid-19.

New Zealand has reported just over 2,000 cases of the coronavirus and 26 deaths since the start of the pandemic.