Feb 27, 2021 - World

New Zealand's largest city to enter coronavirus lockdown

A coronavirus testing site in Auckland, New Zealand, on Feb. 15.
A coronavirus testing site in Auckland, New Zealand, on Feb. 15. Photo: Xinhua/Zhao Gang via Getty Images

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.
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