After 102 days of being free from coronavirus, New Zealand has released the devastating news that multiple cases have been reported in Aukland.
When it comes to how world leaders have responded to the pandemic...
via: Getty ImagesNew Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, is certainly one of the most celebrated.
It comes in stark contrast to leaders like Trump...
via: Getty ImagesWho, let's be honest, hasn't been without his fair share of criticism.
Between calling it the "Chinese" virus and playing down the severity of the pandemic...
via: Getty ImagesTrump hasn't exactly been praised for his handling of the ongoing medical crisis.
We aren't even in the same league when it comes to the way New Zealand has handled the virus.
via: GettyThe nation has been the envy of the world, particularly after passing the 100-day milestone.
Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has handled the whole pandemic brilliantly.
via: GettyFrom day 1, Ardern wasted no time in locking down her country in an attempt to prevent as much spread of the virus as possible.
New Zealand already had a huge advantage in this pandemic.
via: GettyThe country's isolated location in the South Pacific gave it vital time to see how outbreaks spread in other countries, and Ardern acted accordingly.
Despite having no active cases of the virus at the time...
via: GettyArdern imposed a swift and strict lockdown upon her country, and closed all the borders in the process.
In the last 3 months, the country has had 1,500 cases of the virus...
via: GettyAnd only twenty-two deaths, a stark comparison to our death toll, which is currently looming at over 166,000.
Ardern's swift decision making seemed to have paid off.
via: GettyThe country declared itself officially coronavirus free after health officials said the final person known to have been infected had recovered.
This news was amazing.
via: GettyOfficials went on to announce that all forms of public events can again take place without limitations or social distancing guidelines.
On the country's accomplishment, Ardern said:
via: Getty“We are confident we have eliminated the transmission of the virus in New Zealand for now, but elimination is not a point in time, it is a sustained effort."
But she also acknowledged that this doesn't signal the end of the pandemic.
via: Getty"We almost certainly will see cases here again … and that is not a sign that we have failed, it is a reality of this virus. But if and when that occurs we have to make sure and we are, that we are prepared."
And sadly she was right...
via: YoutubeAfter 102 days of zero cases, New Zealand has had to return to strict lockdown regulations after 4 members of the same family were confirmed to have coronavirus.
From midday on Wednesday, Aukland residents will have to stay at home.
via: TwitterThe rest of the nation will enter a level two lockdown as more cases were confirmed last Tuesday.
As word got out about the possible lockdown, Jacinda Ardern decided to clear things up in a last-minute press conference.
Got woken up by an emergency alert. Looks like we're going back to Level 3 lockdown for #Covid starting tomorrow he… https://t.co/3t8J8WyWmS— Neil (@Neil)1597145143.0
The family have caused confusion over the origin of the virus as they haven't been in contact with anyone overseas.
A big, fat thank you to that South Auckland family for taking the initiative to get tested. You may have saved our bacon, thank you. #nzpol— Tracey Barnett (@Tracey Barnett)1597142765.0
The man's partner reportedly had symptoms even before he did.
OK, so there are no known links to travel or to managed isolation and quarantine facilities. This means there are a… https://t.co/8mOKIWLnrs— Shaun Hendy (@Shaun Hendy)1597141502.0
A child is also among the new confirmed cases.
I guess we can all be glad the family in South Auckland didn't listen to the broadcasters who told people to say no to tests.— Russell Brown (@Russell Brown)1597143370.0
Ms. Ardern said she is "expecting to see more cases" surrounding those that have been confirmed.
For the first time in history, everyone in NZ is rooting for Auckland— Lew (@Lew)1597139526.0
By midday on Wednesday, all bars, restaurants, and public services have been told to close.
Auckland is moving to level 3 restrictions for three days while authorities assess the coronavirus situation. That… https://t.co/Lxv8KTqeW3— casey briggs (@casey briggs)1597138506.0
So it seems they're back to square one.
Countdown Greenland, Auckland 🙄 https://t.co/s9ELMI8Z0U— Lorna Subritzky (@Lorna Subritzky)1597141939.0
The rest of the nation will enter a three-day level two lockdown.
#nzpol Covid19 #Auckland https://t.co/Igc50yvYHv— Quinton Keightley (@Quinton Keightley)1597145268.0
It's too early to say whether the lockdown will be extended if the source of the outbreak can't be identified.
All of us in Auckland right now willing our health officials to find the source of the cases by Friday: https://t.co/qvZsyzakVQ— Patrick Thomsen (@Patrick Thomsen)1597138915.0
Authorities are hoping their quick response will help everything get back to normal quicker."We've had 102 days, and it was very easy to feel like New Zealand was out of the woods, Ms. Ardern said on Tuesday night. No country has gone as far as we did to not have a resurgence. But because we were the only ones, we knew we had to have a plan. My request is to not be dispirited or disheartened. This is something we have prepared for."
Following Arden's press conference, Auckland Mayor Phil Goff stressed there was no need to panic.
I am urging Aucklanders to come together like we did last time to stamp out community transmission. Please remain c… https://t.co/RO8P4ayn9C— Phil Goff (@Phil Goff)1597138735.0