This is the new normal.
It’s called “zero covid.”
New Zealand recorded its first locally transmitted case of COVID-19 in six months on Tuesday, sparking efforts to trace the origins of the infection as officials pondered a response.
The health department said the case, a 58-year-old man who has not been vaccinated, was identified in Auckland, the country’s largest city, adding “a link between the case and the border or managed isolation is yet to be established”.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Auckland would go into a seven-day lockdown from midnight Tuesday and the rest of the country for one week. It is New Zealand’s first community case since Feb 28.
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“A hard and early response is the best tool to stamp out any potential spread and everyone in New Zealand is asked to stay calm, be kind and play their part while we gather more information on the potential case,” the health department said.
New Zealand has won widespread praise for its coronavirus response, recording just 26 deaths in a population of five million.
But its vaccine rollout has been less stellar, with only around 20 percent of the population fully inoculated.
Auckland has been forced into several brief periods of lockdown since an initial nationwide response last year succeeded in largely halting the virus at the border.
This is coming to America and the UK.
There is no reason they would be testing it in Australia and New Zealand if they weren’t planning to do it to you.