New Zealand to ease coronavirus restrictions in Auckland, rest of country

Monday, 2020-09-21 12:48:59
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the coronavirus restrictions in its biggest city Auckland will be eased, while all restrictions will be lifted in the rest of the country.

Auckland will move to alert level 2 from Thursday (September 24), Ardern said at a news conference on Monday (September 21), which will limit gatherings to 100 people.

The rest of the country will move to level 1 from midnight on Monday, she said.

New Zealand, a nation of five million, appeared to have halted community transmission of COVID-19 earlier this year, but a fresh outbreak in Auckland in August prompted the government to place the city back in lockdown.

The country recorded no new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, keeping its total number of confirmed cases at 1,464, with 25 deaths, far below many other countries.