Courtesy of the New York Post:
Four new cases of COVID-19 have been detected in New Zealand — the first reported cases the country has seen in 102 days, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday as she ordered another lockdown.
The positive coronavirus cases are from a single household in Auckland, the nation’s largest city.
Ardern ordered a lockdown for the city beginning midday Wednesday through midnight Friday — shuttering bars and businesses and prohibiting people from leaving their homes except to conduct essential activities. Schools will also be closed.
“These three days will give us time to assess the situation, gather information, make sure we have widespread contact tracing so we can find out more about how this case arose and make decisions about how to respond to it once we have further information,” Ardern said at a hastily called news conference late Tuesday.
A person in their 50s went to the doctor Monday with symptoms and was swabbed twice — testing positive both times, Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said. Six other people were tested, with three more positive results. The source of the fresh infections is unknown.
“Importantly, the person has no history of overseas travel,” Bloomfield noted.
I am really disturbed by this news as I held up New Zealand as the prime example for how to efficiently deal with this pandemic.
My hope is that this will be traced back to a visitor from outside the country who somehow slipped through their very strong defenses.
Because if that is not the case then we have to consider the possibility that the virus can lay dormant and undetectable in people and then reemerge as infectious months later.
That would be horror movie level terrifying.