New Zealand nursing homes undergo lockdown after virus return

New Zealand nursing homes undergo lockdown after virus return”

New Zealand health officials are urgently tracing the source of four new cases of COVID-19, all within one family in Auckland, the country's largest city. The island nation, seen as a global exemplar in the battle to contain the coronavirus, moved quickly to identify the source of transmission and halt further spread.

Six new imported cases were reported in Guangdong, four in Shanghai, and one each in Inner Mongolia, Zhejiang, Fujian, Shandong, Sichuan, and Shaanxi, the National Health Commission said in its daily report.

The first case identified in the cluster was a person in their 50s with no overseas travel history. The person has been symptomatic for five days and was confirmed positive on Tuesday.

"You must stay within your household bubble but can expand this to connect with close family and whānau, or bring in caregivers, or support isolated people". National's campaign launch now probably won't proceed as planned on August 16 in Auckland, she said.

They were the first cases reported in the country in just over a hundred days.

The virus' return coincided with the Reserve Bank of New Zealand boosting its government bond-buying programme by NZ$40 billion ($26 billion) to NZ$100 billion in a bid to cushion the economy.

The call centre had received a flood of calls, emails and texts since the announcement about the new cases last night but the wait time by this evening was down to two minutes.

"We believe New Zealand has outperformed almost all other countries in containing the virus since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide", it said. "[But] we've been here before, we can get through it if we work together". "We've done this before and we can do it again", he added.

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Line lines of cars pack this Auckland street as people wait to be tested for COVID-19, just hours before the city enters lockdown. Its border remains closed to foreign nationals.

Aucklanders were coming to terms Wednesday with a three-day stay-at-home order that came into force at lunchtime, ending months of near normality during which residents could flock to restaurants and pack rugby stadiums.

Today had been busy as people headed in and out of Auckland as well as the need to organise masks and arrange social distancing, however, he was pleased with how the airline was coping. According to Unite Against COVID-19, "Keep your bubble exclusive and only include people where it will keep you and them safe and well".

Aged care homes have moved to the strict "level four" in a precautionary move; most of New Zealand's 22 deaths from COVID-19 have taken place at rest homes. Travel into Auckland is barred except for those who live there.

Public venues in the city are to close, including libraries, museums, cinemas, food courts, gyms, pools, playgrounds and markets.

People can continue to go to work or school, but should maintain social distancing and wear masks when social distancing is not possible.

The rest of the country was placed back into slightly looser level 2 restrictions. "We're also encouraging customers travelling from other ports to consider wearing a mask, however this is not compulsory". "And as a team, we have also been here before".

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