Global  

New Zealand's biggest city back in lockdown

Video Credit: Reuters - Politics - Duration: 01:41s - Published
New Zealand's biggest city back in lockdown

New Zealand's biggest city back in lockdown

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Wednesday delayed a key step toward next month's general election, as the country was plunged back into lockdown after the discovery of the first COVID-19 cases in more than three months.

Gloria Tso reports.

New Zealand went over three months without a local coronavirus infection.

Now, emergence of new cases have ended that record run, and as its biggest city re-enters lockdown, the country is putting plans for its upcoming elections on hold.

On Wednesday (August 12), Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she's suspending the dissolution of parliament.

It would have paved the way for polls to open next month.

"Parliament dissolving does mean that if we needed to convene parliament for any reason, we wouldn't be able to do so.

We've therefore decided it would be prudent to defer the dissolution of parliament by at least a few days, to preserve all options for, if needed, reconvening parliament, or if needed, for the purposes of the date of the general election." The news comes a day after Ardern announced that a family cluster of four cases had been detected in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city.

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

On Wednesday there were lines outside the city's supermarkets and coronavirus test centres as Auckland moved back into a so-called Level 3 lockdown.

That only allows for essential trips outside the home.

The rest of the country has been placed under slightly looser Level 2 restrictions--as authorities scramble to trace the source of the latest infections.

The family had not traveled overseas and is in strict isolation at home, but one woman had traveled while she was symptomatic to tourist spots in Rotorua, on the country's North Island.

Officials say they're investigating the possibility the virus was re-introduced on the surface of cargo brought in from overseas.




You Might Like


💡 One News Page Knowledge: Other News Mentions

Jacinda Ardern Jacinda Ardern 40th Prime Minister of New Zealand

Watch: New Zealand general election debate

New Zealand Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern and the National Party's Judith Collins are holding their first debate ahead of the country's general election...
SBS

New Zealand to ease coronavirus restrictions in Auckland, rest of country

WELLINGTON: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the coronavirus restrictions in its biggest city Auckland will be eased, while all...
WorldNews

New Zealand to lift coronavirus curbs in most of country on Sept. 21

Shares New Zealand will lift coronavirus restrictions across the country on Sept. 21, except in its biggest city, Auckland, which is the epicenter of a second..
WorldNews
NZ PM Ardern asks for smiles 'behind the mask' [Video]

NZ PM Ardern asks for smiles 'behind the mask'

Face masks on public transport became mandatory in New Zealand on Monday (August 31) as social restrictions in the largest city of Auckland were also eased.

Credit: Reuters Studio    Duration: 01:12Published
New Zealand’s PM makes a face mask in 30 seconds [Video]

New Zealand’s PM makes a face mask in 30 seconds

Mandatory Credit: Jacinda Ardern/Facebook New Zealand's prime minister,Jacinda Ardern, posted a video online that shows her creating a face coveringin just 30 seconds. The crafting session took place during a video call withDave Letele from Buttabean Motivation.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO    Duration: 01:14Published

New Zealand New Zealand Island country in the South Pacific

2021 Women's Rugby World Cup: Amy Turner named England intern

Former England scrum-half Amy Turner is the coaching intern for the Women's team at the 2021 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
BBC News

Australia, Canada, Japan, NZ, UK, France link with U.S. Space Force

The United States doesn't want to engage in warfare in space, but like in all domains, the U.S. military must be prepared for such a conflict, and that'll take a..
WorldNews

Covid pushes New Zealand into worst recession in years

The country saw early success in keeping out the virus, but strict measures have taken a toll.
BBC News

Auckland Auckland Metropolitan area in North Island, New Zealand

Microsoft gets OIO approval for $100 million+ data centre in Auckland

Microsoft has gained Overseas Investment Office approval to build a giant cloud computing data centre in Auckland.The applicant was Microsoft NZ - 100 per cent..
New Zealand Herald
'Smile with your eyes': NZ begins mandatory masks [Video]

'Smile with your eyes': NZ begins mandatory masks

Schools and businesses reopened in Auckland on Monday after the lifting of a lockdown in New Zealand's largest city to contain the resurgence of the coronavirus, but face masks were made mandatory on public transport across the country. Libby Hogan reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio    Duration: 01:38Published

Rotorua Rotorua City in Bay of Plenty, New Zealand


North Island North Island The northern of the two main islands of New Zealand

Related news from verified sources

Health Minister Chris Hipkins: No chance Auckland's level 3 lockdown will be extended

Health Minister Chris Hipkins: No chance Auckland's level 3 lockdown will be extended There is no chance of Auckland staying in level 3 lockdown any longer than has been already flagged,...
New Zealand Herald - Published

Amid panic buying, Jacinda Ardern pleads for calm as Auckland heads back into lockdown

Four new COVID-19 cases in south Auckland will see New Zealand's biggest city head into lockdown...
SBS - Published

Covid-19: New Zealand’s largest city in lockdown after first local case in 102 days

Covid-19: New Zealand’s largest city in lockdown after first local case in 102 days New Zealand has recorded four new cases of Covid-19, after more than 100 days without any community...
WorldNews - Published Also reported by •SBSNewsyCBS News



Tweets about this

Sara_Ai_Dev

Sara 🌠🪐👽 Coronavirus live news: New Zealand's biggest city ba... https://t.co/aVcX30PmrO 7 hours ago

Sara_Ai_Dev

Sara 🌠🪐👽 Coronavirus live news: New Zealand's biggest city ba... https://t.co/W2qOU801RV 6 days ago


Related videos from verified sources

What are the new Covid-19 measures for pubs? [Video]

What are the new Covid-19 measures for pubs?

Boris Johnson has announced a raft of new measures in a bid to get Covid-19transmission under control without resorting to a national lockdown.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:05Published
City workers react to a possible London lockdown [Video]

City workers react to a possible London lockdown

Workers in the City of London today gave their verdict on the possibility of a lockdown in the capital. Mayor Sadiq Khan will meet with local London council leaders today to discuss possible new..

Credit: ODN     Duration: 01:41Published
Australia heads for lowest virus count in three months [Video]

Australia heads for lowest virus count in three months

Australia looked set to record its lowest daily increase in new coronavirus cases in three months on Sunday as a hard lockdown in the city of Melbourne brought the country's virus epicentre down..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:21Published