Even if New Zealand is less affected than other countries by the coronavirus with 142 cases, the government is convinced that this figure is likely to explode if drastic measures are not taken. Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister, therefore ordered general confinement starting Wednesday evening to stem the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic.
As soon as the four-week confinement announcement was made, hundreds of people desperately attempted to secure a place on the ferries crossing the Cook Strait. “There was an influx of people who did not have a ticket,” said the police, who were forced to intervene by asking those who did not have a reservation not to show up.
“I know it’s stressful”
Immediately the airports also found themselves crowded with stranded tourists or with locals seeking to return home. Same thing in supermarkets that have been robbed with a few scenes of panic at the end …
“Never before have we decided to close our country in 48 hours. I know it’s stressful, especially for those in the ferry terminals, but we will get there, ”said Jacinda Ardern.
For his part, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters urged his tens of thousands of compatriots stranded abroad, and who can no longer return, to stay where they are. “It is now very difficult to return to New Zealand from anywhere,” he said in a statement.
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