New Zealand ends Auckland lockdown despite new infections

Sydney, Australia, Feb 17 (efe-epa).- New Zealand announced Wednesday an end to the three-day confinement decreed in Auckland, home to 1.7 million people and the most populous city in the country, despite confirming three new Covid-19 positives.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at a press conference that the transmission “is contained,” although some restrictions will be maintained, such as the obligation to wear a mask in public places or limit meetings to a maximum of 100 people.

The outbreak, which corresponds to the British strain of the virus, was confirmed Saturday in three members of a family – father, mother and daughter – without trackers being able to find the origin of the contagion.

The measure, which included the cancellation of public events and the prohibition of meetings of more than 10 people, was decreed the next day for the next three days.

Ardern said she would meet Monday with her Cabinet to assess the situation.

New Zealand, whose management of the pandemic has been considered among the best in the world, has accumulated a total of 2,340 Covid-19 infections since it began, including 356 cases classified as probable, and 26 deaths. EFE-EPA


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