New Zealand locks down all nursing homes

first_imgAUCKLAND – New Zealand locked down nursing homes nationwide on Wednesday after a 102-day streak without the coronavirus ended, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the outbreak could force her to postpone the September 19 general election. A three-day stay-at-home order for Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city with a population of 1.5 million, was announced on Tuesday night and went into force at lunchtime on Wednesday. Ardern said authorities were scrambling to trace anyone who had been in contact with four Auckland residents who tested positive Tuesday, ending the dream run in which the virus had been contained at New Zealand’s borders. Ardern said health officials were also locking down aged care homes across the country because they could act as transmission hotspots. Police in face masks manned roadblocks on major roads in Auckland to enforce the new measures. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the new COVID-19 outbreak could force her to postpone next month’s general election.SCREENGRAB FROM WHO VIDEO There was panic-buying at supermarkets across New Zealand and huge queues at coronavirus testing stations. (AFP)last_img

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