I’m so glad that we as New Zealanders could contain the second wave of Covid-19 in 56.5 days since the last outbreak. Auckland will join the rest of New Zealand at Alert Level 1 at 11:59pm today (Wednesday, 7 October).
While that’s great news, this time I am cautiously optimistic. There is still COVID-19 in New Zealand; as of today, there are 37 active cases, albeit in managed isolation and quarantine facilities. That number is much smaller than many other countries, but it only takes a little bit of complacency to push us all into another lockdown. It may sound obvious, but it is called a virus for a reason: it goes viral and we wouldn’t know how!
Meanwhile, I urge everyone, wherever you are in the world, to practice three Ws:
- Wear a mask.
- Wash your hands.
- Watch your distance.
And use whatever COVID Tracing app your government prescribes!
Here is the full NZ lockdown timeline:
11:59pm, 25-March-2020 Wednesday
New Zealand moves to alert level 4; the entire nation goes into self-isolation.
11:59 pm, 27-Apr-2020 Monday
NZ goes down to lockdown alert level 3.
11:59 pm, 13-May-2020 Wednesday
NZ goes down to lockdown alert level 2.
11:59 pm, 08-Jun-2020 Monday
NZ will move to alert level 1 — and a return to mostly normal lives — from midnight tonight.
12:00 pm, 12-Aug-2020 Wednesday
Auckland returns to lockdown alert level 3.
Rest of NZ returns to lockdown alert level 2.
11:59 pm, 23-September-2020 Wednesday
Auckland goes down to lockdown alert level 2.
Rest of NZ goes down to lockdown alert level 1.
11:59 pm, 07-October-2020 Wednesday
Auckland joins rest of NZ at alert level 1 — and a return to mostly normal lives — from midnight tonight.
Hoping this is the end of it! Knocks wood.
A third, but luckily shorter wave timeline here.