New Zealand COVID Cases Traced Back to Australia

New Zealand reported that its coronavirus cluster has grown to 10 while genetic sequencing tied it to the Delta outbreak that began in Sydney.

On Tuesday night, New Zealand went into a level four lockdown, which is the most severe degree of restrictions, after discovering one case with no clear ties to the border.

New Zealand has not had a level four lockdown in almost a year, and this is the country’s first incidence of Delta transmission in the community.

Level four requires all New Zealanders, with the exception of essential employees, to remain at home and stay within a “bubble of immediate family members or dependants and to leave the house only for necessities such as food, medical supplies, medical treatment, and socially distant outdoor exercise.

The first lockdown statement was for a three-day countrywide lockdown, with a four-to-seven-day lockdown in Auckland and Coromandel.

The countrywide lockdown might be extended if health officials can establish a source of the virus from the border or if further cases are discovered.

Government officials have also encouraged New Zealanders to scan QR codes and enter them into contact-tracking software and to isolate themselves if they’re experiencing symptoms and call medical authorities for testing.

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