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Selasa, 11 Agustus 2020

Panic buying in Auckland after New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern announces coronavirus lockdown - ABC News

New Zealand marked 100 days without community transmission of coronavirus on Sunday.

But two days later, that record run ended.

Four new cases have been detected and health authorities have no clue as to where the infection has come from.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern moved swiftly to announce new national restrictions and lock down Auckland, prompting panic buying to start across the city.

Here's what else you need to know.

Supermarkets are being mobbed

New Zealanders scrambled to stock up on essentials as the country's biggest city prepared to go into lockdown again.

Long queues were reported outside supermarkets in Auckland and across other parts of the country, as people raced to stock up on food and other essential items before the new restrictions took effect from noon.

line of about 20 people wait outside woolworths supermarket with trollies
Big crowds were seen at supermarkets in the country ahead of today's lockdown.(ABC News Emily Piesse)

New cases were detected after a routine doctor visit

The first case, a person in their 50s, was swabbed on Monday after presenting to their GP.

The test was processed twice and returned two positive results.

The person had no history of overseas travel.

Members of the man's household were also infected 

Health officials interviewed the first positive case, and all six of their family members in the same household in south Auckland were tested.

Three were negative and three were positive.

Close contacts have been tested and all remain in isolation for 14 days regardless of their test results.

A man sits on a scooter putting a pink surgical mask on his face
Auckland residents may be forced to wear masks.(Pexels: Norma Mortenson)

As a result, level 3 restrictions will be brought in

They will start from midday today (local time), which is 10am AEST, and are expected to last for at least 72 hours.

That means bars and restaurants, and public venues will close — but takeaways can continue.

Schools will close except for children of essential workers and students will start learning from home.

Essential services such as healthcare will remain open.

People should keep two metres apart from each other while outside and wearing a mask is highly recommended.

Gatherings of up to 10 people are only allowed for weddings, funerals and tangihanga, a traditional Maori funeral rite.

Health Minister Chris Hipkins said the government was considering making mask wearing mandatory for Aucklanders.

The rest of New Zealand moves to level 2 restrictions

That means there can be gatherings of up to 100 people and businesses can stay open but everyone must adhere to social distancing.

Travel is permitted but must comply with health guidelines.

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