While in England the fear of Lockdown returns, the government of New Zealand celebrates the defeat of the Coronavirus.
New Zealand has reported zero new cases of Covid-19 for more than two weeks. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated in an interview that she did “a little dance” when she discovered that in the country there were no more active virus cases.
New Zealand defeats Covid-19
Great news from New Zealand that for more than two weeks has no new cases of Covid-19 in the country. Government declared that life can resume without restrictions. New Zealand does a strict national lockdown in March and April with no known community transmission. But cases continue to arrive over the border as New Zealanders and their families return from Covid-19 hotspots abroad.
All the viruses were diagnosed during routine testing at government-managed quarantine facilities, where returning travelers must spend two weeks upon entering the country. New Zealand has had 178 confirmed cases of viruses, with 22 deaths. There are now 22 active cases of Coronavirus in the country, with one person in a stable condition in hospital. The other 21 remain in managed isolation in the hotels used for border quarantine. Returning travelers are tested twice for Covid-19 during their isolation. Those refusing to take a test are kept in quarantine for longer.
Opposite situation in Leicester
Sadly, Leicester should have local lockdown after the Covid-19 infection rate is getting higher than national measure. While other cities in the UK were preparing to wash the lockdown with the opening of shops and a further relaxation of the rules expiring on 4 July, Leicester and the surrounding area will have to wait. Due to a new spike in cases, Government has decided to impose a local lockdown of two weeks.
Health secretary Matt Hancock said the seven-day infection rate in Leicester was 135 cases per 100,000 people, three times higher than the next highest city. Not only that, Leicester accounted for 10% of all positive cases in the country in the past week.
Hancock also said: “From tomorrow, non-essential retail will have to close, and as children have been particularly impacted by this outbreak, schools will also need to close from Thursday”.
He urged people to avoid all non-essential travel to and from Leicester and within the city.