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NEW ZEALAND LOCKS DOWN ALL NURSING HOMES AFTER VIRUS RETURN

7 months ago | Local | 0 comments

By Xai Reyes

New Zealand locked down nursing homes nationwide Wednesday after a 102-day streak without the coronavirus ended.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the outbreak could force her to postpone next month’s general election.

Ardern said authorities were scrambling to trace anyone who had been in contact with four Auckland residents who tested positive Tuesday, ending the dream run in which the virus had been contained at New Zealand’s borders.

A three-day stay-at-home order for Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city with a population of 1.5 million, was announced on Tuesday night and went into force at lunchtime on Wednesday.

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