Whole country under lockdown after just one COVID case detected
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has mimicked Australia’s top public health official by telling citizens, “Don’t talk to your neighbors,” after the country went into full lockdown as a result of just a single COVID case being detected.
As we highlighted earlier, the entire country has been placed under lockdown for three days, with Auckland in lockdown for a week, following the discovery of a single coronavirus infection in the coastal town of Coromandel.
Citizens are now being told to avoid work, school and leisure activities while only venturing outside for “essential” reasons like purchasing food.
However, Ardern went further, claiming the risk of passing on the infection was so high that people shouldn’t even have conversations with their own neighbors.
“Stay local and do not congregate, don’t talk to your neighbors, please keep to your bubbles,” said Ardern.
“We know from overseas cases of the delta variant that it can be spread by people simply walking past one another – so keep those movements outside to the bare minimum, wear a mask, and make sure you keep up that physical distancing,” she added.
Arden is basically repeating what the chief health officer of New South Wales told Australians last month.
“Whilst it’s human nature to engage in conversation with others, to be friendly, unfortunately this is not the time to do that,” said Dr. Kerry Chant.
“So even if you run into your next door neighbor in the shopping center…don’t start up a conversation, now is the time for minimizing your interactions with others, even if you’ve got a mask, do not think that affords total protection, we wanna be absolutely sure that as we go about our daily lives we do not come into contact with anyone else that would pose a risk,” she added.
Why are authorities in Australia and New Zealand so insistent on people not talking to each other?
Perhaps because if enough of them did, authorities would come under enough pressure to reverse the disastrous ‘zero COVID’ policy which means both countries could be under some form of on and off lockdown for years to come.
New Zealand has followed many of the same draconian restrictions imposed by neighboring country Australia, with authorities previously announcing that they will put all coronavirus infectees and their close family members in “quarantine facilities” even if they refuse.