New Zealand authorities have announced restrictions in its capital, Wellington, after an Australian tourist tested positive for the coronavirus after visiting the city, which has moved to Alert Level 2 as of Sunday.
The Minister for Response to COVID-19, Chris Hipkins, has highlighted that limits will be placed on meetings in which no more than 100 people can attend, while masks are once again mandatory in public transport.
“We always have plans for situations like these and we are working now,” he said, before recommending the population to wear masks whenever social distancing is not possible, according to the newspaper. New Zealand Herald.
Similarly, Hipkins has insisted that people who have been in the Wellington area during the weekend should abide by these restrictions to avoid any possible spread of the virus.
The minister has defended that for the time being he has not opted for an imprisonment as it has been decided to apply a “cautious approach” and monitor the situation.
four close contacts of the tourist
Four people, identified as close contacts of an Australian tourist who tested positive, have already been isolated, although two of them tested negative in the first test conducted.
New Zealand and Australia authorized travel between the two countries without the need for quarantine from mid-April and this is the first case in which a tourist has tested positive after arriving in New Zealand, leading to the suspension of this “bubble trip”. has gone.
Vaccination campaign in New Zealand is still in very early stages
New Zealand has recorded 2,723 Covid infections, including 26 deaths, since the start of the pandemic. However, its vaccination rate is slower than that of other developed countries. So far, it has vaccinated 567,000 people, more than 10% of its population, while 324,000 citizens already have a full program, less than 7% of New Zealanders, although it has already announced Is that the end of July vaccination campaign general population.