Cove 19: How the second day of the lockdown in New Zealand opened

The second day of the latest national lockdown saw more arrests and a growing number of cases, but health officials are also close to discovering the source of the latest epidemic. See how the day goes with RNZ’s live blog.

Police alignment on protest against lock-down in the Church Church.

Police alignment on protest against lock-down in the Church Church.
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Three people were arrested in Christchurch today after police were called in to protest the lockdown, and two were arrested in the far north for refusing to wear masks.

Police Commissioner Andrew Coaster said officers in Christchurch arrested three people when a group of 10 people gathered at the Memorial Bridge on Cashel Street at about 1:11 p.m.

Police engaged and encouraged to comply with the restrictions of Alert Level 4 restrictions, however, three were detained when they refused to do so.

Two men, aged 46 and 50, and a woman, aged 56, have been charged with failing to comply with the Quaid Lockdown Act and will appear in Christchurch District Court tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the current Delta spread in the country has been linked to a passenger who came from New South Wales and was taken to Middlemore Hospital earlier this week. This came after the Ministry of Health confirmed that they are now there. 21 community cases this week..

The cabinet meeting will be held tomorrow at 1 pm and there will be a press conference at 3 pm where Prime Minister Jacinda Arden will advise on the next steps for the alert level.

New Zealand went into lockdown at 11.59pm on Tuesday. Auckland and Coromandel were put on lockdown for seven days, while the rest of the country was put on lockdown for three days – due to end last night.

See how the day unfolded with RNZ’s live blog:


This is an official COVID-19 alert.

All New Zealand. Coved 19 Alert is now at Level 4.

Alert levels will be assessed after 3 days for all areas except Auckland and Coromandel Peninsula, which are likely to remain at 4 levels for an initial period of 7 days.

A community case of Covid 19 has been identified.

Stay at home Where possible, follow the Alert Level 4 instructions. This will stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.

All are requested:

Wear a mask whenever you leave the house and keep a distance of 2 meters from others.

If you are ill, call your doctor or health line on 0800 358 5453 for advice on getting tested.

Keep scanning QR codes whenever you leave your home.

Follow good hygiene – wash your hands often.

Services including supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics and petrol stations will remain open at Alert Level 4. Facial coverage is a must for all people – employees and customers – in businesses and services that operate at Level 4 on customer contact alerts.

Go to Alert Level 4 for more information. [the government website]


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