"We have seen the dire consequences of taking too long to act in other countries," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.
Five million people in New Zealand were put into lockdown on Tuesday, August 17 after the country's public health officials identified one case of COVID-19.
The drastic measures were enforced across the country for three days. In Auckland, where the infected man had visited, the city will be in lockdown for seven days in a bid to control the spread of the virus.
⚠️ COVID-19 UPDATE ⚠️ From 11:59pm tonight, all of New Zealand will move to Alert Level 4 to stop the spread of C… https://t.co/JXmQ9cNSX6— New Zealand Labour (@New Zealand Labour) 1629183411.0
During a press conference announcing the lockdown, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, "We have seen the dire consequences of taking too long to act in other countries."
The New Zealand government issued a statement showing 14 locations of interest where they believe the infected man may have had contact with others.
Two people are being treated as having had close contact with the man and they are in self-isolation. Even vaccination clinics will close during the nationwide lockdown.
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