New Zealand's largest city to enter coronavirus lockdown
New Zealand's largest city Auckland will enter a seven-day coronavirus lockdown starting Sunday after a new local case of the virus was discovered, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced.
Why it matters: The action comes roughly two weeks after the city of 2 million residents entered a three-day lockdown over a cluster of the more transmissible UK variant that was reported in the city.
Details: The lockdown, with Level 3 restrictions, permits people to leave home for essential shopping and essential work, according to Ardern.
- Public venues will be closed and restrictions throughout the rest of the country tightened to Level 2.
- Ardern announced in mid-February that the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines had arrived in New Zealand.