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New Zealand to end restrictions except in 1 city

New Zealand Virus Outbreak
Posted at 9:40 PM, Sep 20, 2020

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — All remaining virus restrictions will be lifted across much of New Zealand starting this week, with the exception of its largest city.

Auckland which will continue to have some restrictions for at least another 16 days.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement Monday (Sunday for U.S. MDT) after meeting with top lawmakers.

The nation of 5 million re-imposed some restrictions last month after an Auckland outbreak which now appears to be under control.

Under the plan, maximum gathering sizes in Auckland will be increased from 10 to 100 on Wednesday and then caps removed two weeks after that.

“Auckland needs more time,” Ardern told reporters in the city. “Whilst we have reasonable confidence we are on the right track, there is still a need in Auckland for that cautious approach.”

Health authorities reported no new cases on Monday. The number of active cases is 62, with 33 from community spread and 29 among quarantined returning travelers.