New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a nationwide lockdown after the country confirmed one coronavirus case – the first locally transmitted Covid-19 case in the community since February.
Meanwhile, India reported 25,166 fresh COVID-19 cases today, 23.5 percent lower than the number of cases reported on Monday. The death toll has risen to 4,32,079 with 437 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the data from the Union Health Ministry.
Australia's Victoria bans people from removing masks to drink outdoors
Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews is “angry” after what occurred over the weekend and has announced people will not be permitted to remove their masks to drink alcohol outdoors.
“There will be no removal of masks to consume alcohol outdoors, you will no longer be able to remove your mask to drink a cocktail at a pop-up beer garden on a footpath as part of a pub crawl,” he said.
“I understand Victoria Police are looking at what occurred at a weekend at a number of licensed venues.
“There’s being reviews conduct into the terms of those licences and whether any of those licence holders have done the wrong thing.
“But why am I angry about that? Because it devalues the work that thousands of publicans and restaurant owners and bar owners, the good work they are doing, diligently following COVID-safe protocols providing take-away.
“Pubs are shut for a reason – it is not safe for them to be open,” he said.
Mr Andrews said the poor behaviour of a small number of people devalued the amazing work of the rest.
New Zealand will enter a snap lockdown, after reporting its first case of Covid-19 in the community in six months following a person testing positive in its largest city of Auckland.
The link between the case on Tuesday and the border or managed isolation is yet to be established, the Health Ministry said in a statement, adding the case is now being investigated.
"Going hard and early has worked for us before," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at a press conference.
"While we know Delta is a more dangerous enemy to combat, the same actions which overcame the virus last year can be applied to beat it again."
It is yet to be determined whether the confirmed case has the Delta variant.
The last reported community case of COVID-19 in New Zealand was in February.
The US eased travel advisory for India to its second-lowest level of “exercise increased caution” after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claimed that India now has a “moderate level of Covid-19. “Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorised vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC’s specific recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers,” the state department said on Monday.