Yesterday, the New Zealand government extended the nationwide lockdown amid a growing outbreak of COVID-19 infections, meaning ski fields have to remain closed.
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The entire country re-entered the strictest, level-four lockdown, originally for three days, last Wednesday.
“The best thing we can do to get out of this as quickly as we can is to go hard.”
– Jacinda Ardern
That lockdown has been extended until at least midnight Friday 27th August, and Auckland, the source of the new infections, will remain in lockdown until August 31.
“The safest option for all of us right now is to hold the course for longer. We don’t yet believe we have reached the peak of this outbreak yet, or necessarily the edge of it.”
New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern
After not logging a single case in six months, this latest outbreak grew to 107 on Monday. Health experts predict it will continue to grow rapidly.
The lockdown came just as a storm, “the one we’ve been waiting for,” dumped 16″ of fresh snow on the slopes.
The last reported community case of COVID-19 in New Zealand was in February. The country has been living without restrictions, although international borders have largely remained closed.
New Zealand has reported 3,096 confirmed cases of covid-19 and 26 deaths with covid.