Saturday, November 27

Covid-19: how the second day of lockdown unfolded in New Zealand

The second day of the latest national shutdown saw more arrests and an increase in the number of cases, but health officials have also come close to discovering the source of the latest outbreak. See how the day unfolded with the RNZ Live Blog.

Police line up at a protest against the blockade in Christchurch.

Police line up at a protest against the blockade in Christchurch.
Photo: Screenshot

Three people were arrested in Christchurch today after police were called to a protest against the shutdown, and two people were arrested in the Far North for refusing to wear masks.

Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said officers in Christchurch arrested three people after a group of 10 people gathered at the Bridge of Remembrance on Cashel Street around 1 p.m.

“The police got involved and encouraged protesters to comply with alert level 4 restrictions, however, three were detained when they refused to do so.”

Two men, 46 and 50, and a woman, 56, have been charged with failing to comply with Covid’s lockdown rules and will appear in Christchurch District Court tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the current outbreak of the Delta variant in this country has been linked to a traveler who arrived from New South Wales and was transferred to Middlemore Hospital earlier this week. It comes as the Health Ministry confirms that there have been 21 community cases this week.

The cabinet will meet tomorrow at 1 pm and there will be a press at 3 pm where Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will advise on the next steps for alert levels.

New Zealand closed at 11:59 pm on Tuesday. Auckland and Coromandel were blockaded for seven days, while the rest of the country was blockaded for three days, ending tomorrow night.

See how the day unfolded with the RNZ Live Blog:


This is an official COVID-19 ALERT.

All New Zealand You are now at Covid-19 Alert Level 4.

The alert level will be reviewed after 3 days for all areas EXCEPT Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula, which will likely remain at level 4 for an initial period of 7 days.

A community case of Covid-19 has been identified.

Stay at home whenever possible and follow level 4 alert guidelines. This will stop the spread of COVID-19 and SAVE LIVES.

All are asked to:

Wear a mask and keep a distance of 2 meters from others when you leave your house.

If you are sick, call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on getting tested.

Keep scanning QR codes every time you leave your home.

Practice good hygiene: wash your hands often.

Services that include supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics and gas stations will remain open at alert level 4. Face covers are mandatory for all people, both employees and customers, in companies and services that operate at alert level 4 that involve contact with the client.

For more information on Alert Level 4, go to [the government website]


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Kia Kaha – Stay strong

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