New Zealand Locked Down One Year Ago Today
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Posted March 25, 2021
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One year ago today - at 11.59 p.m. on Wednesday 25 March 2020, New Zealand entered a nationwide lockdown designed to prevent the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus around the country.
New Zealand reported its first case of the virus on 28 February.
By Saturday 21 March, the total number of confirmed and probable cases had reached 88.
On Saturday 21 March, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the nation in where she introduced a four-level alert system which restricted human contact, travel and business operations to try to halt the spread of COVID-19.
The country immediately moved to Alert Level 2, which required New Zealanders to stay at home as much as possible, including by working from home and limiting non-essential travel.
By 23 March the total confirmed and probable cases had doubled to 173. The Prime Minister announced that the country would move immediately to Alert Level 3, to be followed two days later. on Wednesday 25 March, by a move to Alert Level 4, the highest level.
Under level 4 restrictions, all New Zealanders were instructed to stay at home and to have physical contact only with those in their ‘bubble’.
The New Zealand Government declared a state of national emergency on 25 March. This lasted for close to two months until it was lifted on 13 May 2020.