Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

New Zealand extends Covid-19 restrictio­ns as outbreak spreads


WELLINGTON (DPA), 8 OCT, 2021 - More parts of New Zealand will be placed back under strict Covid-19 restrictio­ns overnight, Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced on Friday.

Auckland, the country’s largest city, has been under restrictio­ns after a single case was detected on August 18. The number of cases in the outbreak has now reached 1,492.

A positive case had been detected in Northland, north of Auckland at the top of the North Island, Hipkins said.

The region would be placed under restrictio­ns despite it being unusual to enforce restrictio­ns for one case, Hipkins said.

“However it’s vitally important that we get ahead of any potential spread, and set up widespread testing and continue contact tracing efforts.”

Businesses would have to move to contactles­s trade, and education centres would close, although most are already shut due to the school holidays.

The restrictio­ns would be reviewed on Monday, he said.

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