New Zealand: Corona is back – after 102 days

For months there was no local Covid-19 transmission. Now suddenly four people in New Zealand are infected, Prime Minister Ardern returns to lockdown. Has the model country made mistakes?

They ate in restaurants, drank in bars, danced in nightclubs. Cinemas were well attended again and the stadiums were full again for the national sport rugby. For New Zealand’s five million inhabitants, life looked like before the pandemic again until a few days ago, apart from the borders closed to foreigners.

Three and a half months ago, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had already announced victory in the fight against the coronavirus. On Sunday, the country broke another mark: 100 days without corona transmission on the ground; the active cases: all arriving, known and quarantined. The virus returns to the model country, and Ardern again appeared before journalists. Four new cases had been reported, the head of government announced. New Zealand media reported that a man, aged around 50 years, had shown symptoms. One test on Monday and another on Tuesday was positive. The three other people are apparently members of his family. How and where they were infected is still unclear.

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