US News New Zealand: Auckland confined to fight against British variant

13:10  15 february  2021
13:10  15 february  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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L he two million residents of Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, began a three-day lockdown on Monday, a drastic measure in an attempt to contain a first focus of infection with the British variant of the coronavirus.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern ordered 72 hours of confinement after the discovery of three cases in the same family in the large city of the North Island.

Schools and non-essential businesses remained closed Monday morning, and residents are prohibited from leaving the city, unless there is a compelling reason.

The Ministry of Health specified that research had established that two of the patients were suffering from the variant of the coronavirus which appeared in Great Britain . The results of the third person tests are not yet known.

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"These results support the decision to act quickly and energetically to detect and prevent any risk of further contamination," the ministry said.

The authorities specified that no test carried out at this stage on the relatives of the three patients had been positive, giving hope for a rapid lifting of the confinement.

But they still do not know how this variant arrived on the archipelago, which seemed to have almost completely eradicated the virus.

The three positive people are a father, a mother and their daughter. The woman works for a company providing linen and meals to international flights.

Chief Health Officer Ashley Bloomfield said the investigation was initially focused on the company "because of its obvious connection to overseas".

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But he added that it was "too early to rule out any source of infection," stressing that eight days had passed between the contaminated woman's last day of labor and her positive test.

The streets of Auckland were almost completely deserted on Monday, with the heavy rains no doubt also helping to discourage people from stepping outside.

There was however a crowd in the testing centers. And motorists lined up at police checkpoints to try to get out of town.

Australia has decided to suspend its travel "bubble" with New Zealand for the duration of the confinement.

This is the first containment in nearly six months in New Zealand, a country whose effectiveness of the response to the pandemic has been hailed abroad.

The Prime Minister's office has announced that the first batches of the vaccine against the coronavirus, i.e. 60,000 doses, had arrived.

It is border officials and people working in quarantine centers who will be the first to receive a dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, starting on Saturday.

02/15/2021 08:52:06 - Auckland (AFP) - © 2021 AFP

Covid-19: England aims for a return to normal at the end of June .
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