New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern returned the country to strict lockdown on Tuesday after the country’s first coronavirus case since February was reported in Auckland. The patient, a 58-year-old man, contracted the Delta variant of the virus.
Yesterday, ski fields in New South Wales, Australia, were forced to close as a strict lockdown was enforced there.
The “go hard, go early” strategy that has made New Zealand one of the global leaders in the coronavirus fight left people struggling to stock up groceries, businesses, including ski resorts, shutting abruptly and schools and offices making last-minute changes to go online.
“As New Zealand is heading into Level 4, Cardrona and Treble Cone will be closed for the next 3 days. With fresh snow on the ground we are all itching to get back on the mountains so please stay home, resist the call of the backcountry and stay safe! Our access roads will be closed.
If you need to get in touch with us, the best way to do so is to email firstname.lastname@example.org. The team will be working through many requests, so please be patient as they do.
See you on the other side – the snow will be waiting, and we’ll be ready to welcome you back for some turns and a couple of cold ones as soon as it’s safe to do so.”
– Cardrona Alpine Resort
The entire country will be in the strictest, level-four lockdown for at least three days from Wednesday. Auckland and Coromandel, where the infected person also visited, will lockdown for a week.
“The best thing we can do to get out of this as quickly as we can is to go hard.”
– Jacinda Ardern
The lockdown comes 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 2,926 confirmed cases of covid-19 and 26 deaths with covid.