New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced this Friday a twelve-day extension of the prison sentence imposed on the city of Auckland for the first outbreak recorded in the oceanic nation in three months until August 26th.
Ardern stated in a press conference that the goal is for the restriction to cover at least the incubation period of the virus (14 days), but stressed that the government will review its decision on August 21 so that it can be revoked earlier. , as reported by the local New Zealand Herald newspaper.
“There is nothing to suggest that we have to move to level four at the moment,” said Ardern, adding that Auckland should not be at level three – the current one – more than is strictly necessary. “But the smart thing is to take a little more time. Fast and strong is better,” he said.
Ardern ordered return to level two custody in Auckland and the rest of the country last Tuesday after seeing the first cases of community transmission of the coronavirus in over a hundred days in that city.