Bis and repeat. Auckland, New Zealand’s main city, will be confined from Sunday for at least seven days after the discovery of new cases of Covid-19, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Saturday, as the prestigious event of Sailing America’s Cup will debut there on March 6.
This new confinement comes less than two weeks after a three-day confinement in this city of 1.7 million inhabitants. As of Sunday morning, Auckland residents will be required to stay home except for work or basic needs. Schools and non-essential stores will be closed. The entrances and exits of the city will be limited.
The rest of the country will be subject to level two restrictions that prohibit gatherings of more than 100 people and require the use of masks on public transportation.
A new case of coronavirus
In Auckland, Jacinda Ardern clarified that a The new coronavirus case confirmed on Saturday is “cause for concern” because it is a contagious person for a week who has not been isolated. The previous lockdown, which was the first in nearly six months in Auckland, was introduced after the discovery of three cases in the city.
Since then, several people related to a school in the south of the city have reported symptoms. However, according to Jacinda Ardern, the confirmed case cannot be directly related to other positive tests recorded over two weeks.
The America’s Cup in question?
The organizers of the America’s Cup said in a statement that “they are studying the situation and that they will work with the authorities and the relevant services in the coming days to determine the repercussions” of the closure. America’s Cup, considered one of the oldest and most prestigious sporting events in the world, is scheduled to begin on March 6.
New Zealand’s record in fighting Covid-19 has been acclaimed abroad. In total, only 26 deaths have been attributed to Covid-19 in this country of five million people.