New Zealand health authorities they urged 100,000 Auckland workers, city where one third of the country’s population lives, to stay at home this Friday as a consequence of a single local contagion of covid-19.
The alert in the oceanic country, whose president Jacinda Ardern has been internationally praised for its response to the pandemic, It occurred on Thursday when the health authorities reported that a 20-year-old girl who had tested positive for the coronavirus, had gone to work in a store and visited various places From the center of the city.
On Friday afternoon, the Minister of Response to COVID-19, Chris Hipkins, announced that genetic analysis had determined the origin of the new case, dispelling fears about a potential new confinement of the nearly 1.7 million Auckland residents to be able to do the tracking.
The minister commented that the latest cases detected, including the young woman, they feel the full weight of the nation on their shoulders and insisted that they “do not deserve to be blamed” for being infected.
The country was confined with 50 cases
Hipkins also indicated that workers can return to the center of Auckland, the most populous city in the country and that contributes 40% of the national GDP, as long as they take the necessary precautions and wear masks on public transport.
According to the Executive Director of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, Michael Barnett, the recommendation to stay home for 100,000 workers would mean a daily loss of NZD 10 million (USD 6.8 million or € 5.8 million), if contemplated “llosses in retail and people who stop going to town“.
New Zealand accumulates a total of 1,639 covid-19 infections, which includes 25 deaths, which includes 53 active cases, of which 4 infections are local and of known origin.
The Ardern government, which maintains the international borders closed since March and confined the country with just 50 confirmed cases in March, re-confined Auckland last August for over a month after detecting four infections in a family.