After just one new COVID-19 case was discovered in Auckland, New Zealand, this weekend, the whole city has gone into a full lockdown.
This means Auckland residents will be required to stay at home wherever possible, including to work. Schools and non-essential shops and businesses will be required to close as of Sunday.
It’s in response to one new case of COVID-19 in the region, which could not be directly connected to any other positive tests recently.
Less than two weeks earlier, the same city shut down for three days after several new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed.
Prime Minister Ardern described the situation as “a cause for concern,” and reminded New Zealanders that following restrictions would save lives.
The rest of the country remains in an “alert level two” situation, which allows local travel, non-essential businesses to remain open and gatherings of up to 100 people.
In the country of just under 5 million people, 26 have died from COVID-19.