New Zealand Closes Restaurants, Schools, Vaccination Sites in Response to 1 COVID-19 Case

"Do not congregate. Don't talk to your neighbors. Please keep to your bubbles," said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern when announcing the new lockdown.


New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Tuesday that she was imposing a lockdown order on the entire country following the discovery of a single COVID-19 case.

"The best thing we can do to get out of this as quickly as we can is to go hard," said Arden at a news conference, reports Reuters. "We have made the decision on the basis that it is better to start high and go down levels rather than to go low, not contain the virus and see it move quickly."

A 58-year-old man from Auckland reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. That city, plus the town of Coromandel that he also visited, must now lockdown for seven days. The rest of the country must lockdown for a minimum of three days.

The new restrictions snapping into place constitute a proper lockdown. They require people to stay in their homes unless they're out to collect food, medicine, get a COVID-19 test, or exercise outside. Bars, restaurants, gyms, and playgrounds are all closed. Schools are required to shutter as well.

The New Zealand government is also asking residents to only make physical contact with the people they live with.

"If you want to talk to a friend, call or video chat with them. If you want to talk to a [neighbor], do it over the fence," reads the government's guidance on social interactions. Separated parents can still shuttle their children back and forth, provided the parents both live in the same city.

"Do not congregate. Don't talk to your neighbors. Please keep to your bubbles. We know from overseas cases of the Delta variant that it can be spread by people simply walking past one another," said Adren at a press conference. "So, keep those movements outside to a bare minimum, wear a mask, and make sure you keep up that physical distance."

New Zealand has pursued a policy of generally closed borders and snap lockdowns as a means of fighting COVID-19. That approach is credited with keeping the island nation's number of cases and deaths exceptionally low. In a population of 5 million, there have been 3,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and only 26 confirmed deaths.

The consequence of this strategy is that New Zealand is periodically thrown into a sudden shutdown of all social life over a single case popping up. Auckland had to endure multiple lockdown episodes of this sort in February of this year, for instance.

Only about 20 percent of New Zealand's population has been fully vaccinated, which is less than any U.S. state. The latest lockdown won't help boost those numbers since all vaccination sites must also close.

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  1. As a Koch / Reason left-libertarian, the only government pandemic response I would oppose is closing the borders.


    1. Luckily you don’t live in New Zealand then.

      1. What with all the ocean around it.

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  2. A 58-year-old man from Auckland reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. That city, plus the town of Coromandel that he also visited, must now lockdown for seven days.

    I sincerely hope nobody finds out who that man is. I can’t imagine having to feel like your life and the lives of people in two towns shutdown because the government is using you to do so.

    1. What about the person he caught it from?

      1. Oh, now you’re probably going to deny the science behind emaculate contraction!

        1. The purpose of the lockdown is to search for the guy that he caught it from.

          1. No, the purpose of the lockdown is to show that government can and will oppress your liberty at any point and time.

          2. So, under the nominal assumption that patient 1 developed symptoms and tested positive wthin the window that patient 0 would tested positive you’re going to start a manhunt (further out of the window) with no obvious leads?

            What about the guy that gave patient 0 COVID? Emaculate contraction?

  3. Too bad they put additional restrictions on firearms a few years ago, seems like it’s time to Purge the shit out of the govt.
    BTW in Australia, if are a citizen and live abroad, you can visit but cant leave. I saw a joke about the Hotel California.

    1. When they put those restrictions on they implemented a buyback system which mean if you now have a band gun you had to sell it back to the government for a fixed price. But it’s believed only 20% of firearms were handed back the rest are just floating around in the black market now. Also there has been a spike in gun related crimes since the new laws came into place.

      1. Make guns illegal and only criminals will own them..

  4. Only 20% of people have been vaccinated and the lockdown will prevent anyone else from getting vaccinated on the interim. This is a special kind of stupid.

    1. Agree. I can understand why their 2020 policy delayed transitioning to ‘get people vaccinated’. But they are constipated and incompetent in rolling out the vaccine now.

    2. Something tells me the government would rather keep the power to institute snap lockdowns and other restrictions than see a vaccinated population

      1. Australia and New Zealand are the lab for our world order

    3. It’s not a big deal. The data in Gibraltar, Israel, Iceland, and P-Town shows that the vaccines don’t work. Everyone will need a booster shot every 6 months for the rest of their lives.

  5. Cower in fear, peons! The Lord is the only thing standing between you and the raging hordes!

  6. And the Karen Krowd in this country collectively mourns “why can’t WE do this?”

    1. add a Kwazy to that for the full effect.

      1. Three Ks is more appropriate.

  7. New Zealand has pursued a policy of generally closed borders and snap lockdowns as a means of fighting COVID-19. That approach is credited with keeping the island nation’s number of cases and deaths exceptionally low. In a population of 5 million, there have been 3,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and only 26 confirmed deaths.

    What has it cost? I don’t just mean in money but in social damage.

    And what are they going to do in the long run? Seal the borders permanently? If they don’t they’re wasting their time, sooner or later somebody will come in who has some strain of Covid and the population won’t have any resistance to it worth a shit. It will be like European colonists wiping out indigenous tribes with their “civilized” diseases.

    1. Cost benefit; balancing interests? But if it “only saves one life!” No risk is acceptable!!

      1. If it saves one life, it’s worth fucking up millions of lives.

        1. The death of one is a tragedy, the death of millions is just a statistic

          1. Kill one man and you are a murderer. Kill millions you are Chairman Mao.

    2. I can’t imagine that there aren’t at least 26 deaths that can be attributed to the lockdowns. And then there is the serious economic and psychological damage of basically being a prisoner for a year and a half (with no end in sight).
      This shit is just fucking evil.

      1. Yes.
        Yes it is.

      2. For the last year and a half we have been free of covid, no masks needed, no restrictions on travel, concerts, sports games, dining out etc.

        What a prison it has been, stuck free in one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

        How has it been in your country for the last little while?

        1. No restrictions on travel?

        2. You guys are stuck with only whatever cross immunity you already had but almost no naturally immune. Perfect set up to be like a bunch of unvaccinated chickens when Marek comes calling.

        3. Yet, the news from NZ for the last 18 months shows this to be untrue, weird. It’s almost like you’re lying to push a narrative.

        4. So the article is lying about lockdowns?

        5. You are correct but please don’t taunt places that have suffered enormously from this malady.

    3. It will be like European colonists wiping out indigenous tribes with their “civilized” diseases.

      And, to hopefully defuse some ammunition, the Europeans didn’t wipe out indigenous tribes with disease. Disease absolutely killed off a large swath of the native population, but it also killed large swaths of the settlers and even basic understanding of disease (by today’s standards) was still almost half a century, if not further, into the future. If it weren’t for infighting, warring against the colonists, and a refusal to abandon objectively terrible social habits, *and* disease, they likely would’ve been as numerous, if not moreso, than African Americans today.

      Even the ‘smallpox blanket’ incident at Fort Pitt is a bit apocryphal. Absolutely, the British gave blankets from a smallpox hospital to the Natives with intent, but it was the Shawnee and Delaware tribes that originally attacked the Fort (so, effectively, the natives extorted the blanket and rations out of them by force). Moreover, smallpox was already indigenous in the native population for several decades. It’s not at all clear that it wasn’t originally brought to the Fort by the natives.

      It is clear that the tribal leaders who handled the blankets were unaffected and that they considered the outbreak that followed the exchange (which happened too long after the last infection in the Fort) both natural and minor. Almost certainly less than the losses they would’ve incurred had they tried to drive the British from the Fort.

      1. the British Crown Corporation the Hudson’s Bay Company systematically deployed known infcted blankets and other items to the native popuatioins in British Columbia early on. They had used the same trick against the natives aong the Columbia River where Vancouver WA and ortland OR now sit.

        1. You mean 30 yrs. after the US passed the Indian Vaccination Act of 1832? Blankets infected with what? Smallpox? Weird how the HBC systematically deployed blankets against native Americans and contemporary papers can cite an outbreak in S.F. and identify infected (white) passengers by name. I’m sure the widespread reports of native women servicing prospectors in brothels bolsters your tacit assertion that natives weren’t seeing infectious disease until HBC shipped them some blankets.

          My point wasn’t that nobody ever gave anyone else smallpox. My point was that no tribe or race was driven to extinction by disease. Especially not one disease and especially not knowingly.

    4. imo their lockdowns have cost them very little in social or economic damage beyond the first one. Only island nations can do what they did and they are one of the only countries which can still track cases as import v local. Of their total cases:
      1759 have been imports (travelers who go into isolation)
      495 have been import-related contacts (work at ports etc)
      576 local and contact traced
      96 local and unknown

      It is the latter two that has led to their short (2-3 day) snap lockdowns while they trace contacts. They may well be too confident/comfortable with that overmanagement to ever give it up with a vaxxed peeps. But kiwis are far more passive/compliant than aussies – and their lockdowns have an explicit purpose – with an end date – and with govt held accountable to that.

      1. There’s no end date unless the island stays locked down permanently. The population is nowhere near fully vaccinated, and even once it happens, if they open back up, there will be Rona and there will deaths. This is a never ending cycle as long as they want to pretend that they can completely snuff it out.

        1. They may believe they can eliminate the disease and all its variants. idk. But they have not been in any perpetual lockdown at all. Mar/Apr 2020 like many places. three or four one-city one-week lockdowns. And this 2-3 day everywhere one. And their lockdown isn’t as isolating as most places with their ‘social bubble’ notion.

      2. All nations are islands. Some are just bigger than others. (Well at least those with enforcable borders, sorry OBL).

    5. To be fair, apparently it was the New World that gave us syphilis.

  8. This is the same witch who sides with muslims.

    1. She sympathized with them after 51 were killed by a deranged (aussie) shooter in one day.

      Fuck what a bitch she was for doing that????

      1. I feel like you spelled witch incorrectly.

      2. Another misrepresentation of Ardern’s behavior. She engaged in, unsurprisingly, the same childish behavior, punishing all citizens for the action of one. If the shooter was deranged, then he was not responsible for his actions, and she is an irrational autocrat.

  9. Only about 20 percent of New Zealand’s population has been fully vaccinated, which is less than any U.S. state. The latest lockdown won’t help boost those numbers since all vaccination sites must also close.

    This is your take away? Guys, I’m really running out of synonyms for “pathetic.”

    1. From time immemorial, when most US states come in near the bottom of any performance metric, that have been able to say “at least we aren’t Mississippi.”

      Well it’s time for Mississippians to rejoice, “ at least we aren’t New Zealand” with their 20 percent vaccination rate.

      Seriously, it’s not like they’re some third world shithole with a tinpot dictator (though that bitch Ardern is close). The rest of the free world has been swimming in surplus vaccine for a couple months now at least, but those down under seem to want a permanent case of lockdowns instead.

      1. Except Canada. Those pathetic hosers.

        1. Take off!

    2. de Blasioesque?

  10. Meanwhile, in the distant valleys of New Zealand, the Maori are saying “it’s time…”

  11. Did this fool really say that the Delta variant can be spread simply by walking past somebody?

  12. I see Sauron really does live in New Zealand.

    1. Probably why Amazon changed locations for their LoR series.

  13. That approach is credited with keeping the island nation’s number of cases and deaths exceptionally low. In a population of 5 million, there have been 3,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and only 26 confirmed deaths.

    Or, you know, Delta variant just isn’t particularly lethal…

    1. I don’t really doubt that their approach has helped keep numbers low. So if that’s the only thing that matters, OK. But they will never be able to stop without getting bigger numbers of infections and deaths.

      1. I don’t think they understand the concept of “endemic.”

  14. These people deserve to live in the police state they want.

    1. You get the police state a plurality of idiots tolerate. And there are more than a few here who have described her actions as “leadership.”

    2. There are more than a few people in that country begging for liberty, I’m sure of it.

  15. What if – there is already a wild animal reservoir for covid in thier country. When they figure it out – I’m curious what they would do? Go for mass extinction?

  16. Meanwhile in the US, if you dislike Covid restrictions, you are a potential terrorist.

    Will the Kiwis drone the noncompliant?

    1. “Will the Kiwis drone the noncompliant?”

      Well, that would solve their “population problem” for the next century or so.

  17. “The best thing we can do to get out of this as quickly as we can is to go hard,”

    Hot damn! Would.

    1. I don’t know. The whole tyrant thing kind of turns me off.

      1. Between the “I love you for your social policies.” attitude and refusing women who want to run other peoples’ lives, one might suspect you’re still a virgin. Or gay.

    2. If you can’t get laid at a Leftist protest you can’t get laid at all!

      1. Yeah, but then she shows up at the next leftist protest wearing a mattress retroactively revoking consent.

        Don’t put your dick in crazy

        1. So it is written.

    3. Are we not doing phrasing anymore?

  18. > The latest lockdown won’t help boost those numbers since all vaccination sites must also close.

    It used to be the Leftists would tell us to be more like Denmark. But despite their higher taxes they actually beat us out in the Freedom Index. So instead I expect the Leftists to start telling us to be more like New Zealand.

    1. New Zealand is near the top in the Freedom Index, too.

      1. One can comply their way to freedom!

  19. Truly we are all Madagascar now.

    1. SHUT

  20. Kiwis have are probably the most nannied people in the world. Guess that’s what happens when you have nothing else to worry about other than sheep.

  21. “The silence of Western Feminists is deafening.”

    Women are no longer seen on the streets of Kabul. Since the Taliban captured the Afghan capital, women stay at home out of fear of being beaten. ‘In the past 24 hours, our lives have changed and we have been confined to our homes, and death threatens us at every moment’, says one terrified Afghan woman. Female journalists report having had their houses searched. In the space of just one day, they went from being busy professionals to destroying all traces of their former identity in a desperate bid to avoid Taliban retribution. ‘We are scared that if the Taliban find us they will definitely kill us’, explains another.

    1. Women have always been the primary victims of war.

      1. Journalists breathe a sigh of relief.

        Taliban promise women’s rights, security under Islamic rule

        KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban vowed Tuesday to respect women’s rights, forgive those who fought them and ensure Afghanistan does not become a haven for terrorists as part of a publicity blitz aimed at reassuring world powers and a fearful population.

        Following a lightning offensive across Afghanistan that saw many cities fall to the insurgents without a fight, the Taliban have sought to portray themselves as more moderate than when they imposed a strict form of Islamic rule in the late 1990s. But many Afghans remain skeptical — and thousands have raced to the airport, desperate to flee the country.

        1. Ah, good, so the woman hyperventillating to the spiked-online reporter was just exaggerating. And the CNN reporter who was covering the Taliban’s peaceful protest must’ve been mistaken when she said the Taliban told her to get off the street because she was a woman (relatedly: Hey man, nice rifle).

          With all the gaslighting, genuine or inadvertent, I’m beginning to move past the point of “Zero fucks given.” and into “Kill ’em all and let God sort them out.”

        2. They forgot the ubiquitous qualifier, “within the confines of Sharia Law (as interpreted by the Taliban).” It’s kind of an important part of the message.

    2. Gosh, just like when the Khomeini took over Iran.

      I know Guiliani, Defender of Trump, called Ron Paul and nutbag for suggesting that blowback was a thing. But dammit this is too much of a repeat to be an accident.

      Maybe, just maybe, we shouldn’t be intervening around the world. Then maybe, just maybe, this shit wouldn’t be happening on our watch. Will probably still happen, just won’t be we who caused it.

      1. Mean tweets > refraining from nation building

    3. What? The Taliban isn’t bring back the days of ‘Ozzie and Harriet’?

    4. Just in. Biden’s UN ambassador has written a “strongly worded letter” (her words) to the Taliban leadership reminding them of their obligation to the international community to respect women’s rights and shit. Problem solved!

      1. I don’t mean to be shitty but, screw those afghans. They’ve had 20 years of nation building with close to zero results. They’re apparently untrainable. Can’t be trusted to protect and use latest most technologically advanced weapons systems. So on and so forth.

        I get it, some of them were duped into helping out. Many weren’t that gullible. The US leaving was inevitable. Is the current administration bungling the withdrawal? Yep, they sure are. Doesn’t make leaving that hell hole the wrong decision.

        1. This is a typical and immensely stupid take. If one lives in a neighborhood controlled by criminals, and the cops leave forever, one makes nice with the crooks, or suffers the consequences. The situation in Afghanistan has nothing to do with 20 years of training their forces, fancy equipment, support (which they don’t actually have since we left), or the people being less worthwhile compared to shitbird noncombatant Americans. It has everything to do with untenable logistics and maintenance for unnecessarily fancy equipment and weapons, and understanding the effect on morale that the shitty way Biden and the JCSs went about this has had on the the Afghan armed forces. It has everything to do with understanding that some ignorant putz typing dumb opinions has little understanding that showing resistance or opposing opinions will get one killed, one’s family killed, the women raped and kept as war slaves for more rape, unless they are killed as well, the young boys likely fucked and then recruited. Self-preservation, and the preservation of family against what seem to be insurmountable odds after being abandoned are understandable. You ‘get’ nothing, except, yes, leaving was not the wrong decision.

  22. New Zealand was lauded for stopping COVID-19 last year. The only cost was cutting their nation off from tourism and other visitors (ouch). Which only set them up to be sitting ducks for the next variant whenever people started visiting again.

    1. I wish I could find a betting market for the outcome they will have.

      1. I’m mainly interested in how long they can put it off.

    2. They could have gotten vaccinated. But as nutty as we are in the US, New Zealand is a hotspot for Anti-Vaxx insanity.

    3. It’s called: social distancing from the rest of the world forever.

    4. About A.D 2091

    5. Cf. Japan.

  23. What I find fascinating is that (online at least), people are ecstatic about this.

    A sizable number of people love being locked down.

    1. Telling people what they must do and can’t do gets some of these people off.

    2. You nailed it. People online.

  24. New Zealand has low covid cases because it’s an isolated island country. Same as Hawaii

    1. One gets the impression New Zealand would like to keep it that way.

    2. or Cuba.

  25. Donot forget this is the same hysterical female who went all berko when ONE crazyman got hold of a gun and killed some folks.Thus ONE crazy with a twisted personal hate issue was used as a sorry excuse to disarm the whole of EnnZed.

    Now, one man tests positive (don’t recall any word on his level of symptoms, etc) and the whole country must now “pay the rice” dictated by her hysteria. She fits the mould of a twisted wanna be nannie, overprotecting her “pweshussesss”.

  26. I hope she never finds out that a nuclear explosion will kill all the virus at once – – – – – – – –

  27. This is absolutely the correct response to any new reported cases, but inexcusable that the population still unvaccinated.

    1. What? Shut down the whole frigging country for one case? Are you nuts?

      1. Yes, then lift restrictions when the virus is eradicated. It worked before. But they need to vaccinate everyone so they no longer need to be so harsh.

        1. They can’t stay isolated forever, and if they don’t get vaccinated, then when it does hit they’re gonna be like the kids who never ate dirt.

          1. Nothing lasts forever. Obviously the sooner antivaxx idiots take the shots the sooner we can get this under some kind of control. But I fault government for wasting money on universal preK instead of just paying people to get the vaccine.

            1. Covid, like the common flu variants, is becoming endemic around the entire world. It’s not going anywhere.

        2. The virus will never be eradicated unless it gets out competed by another virus. The vaccines are leaky providing lots of pressure for the virus to mutate. The best overall strategy is to maximize the number of naturally immune constrained by a minimal number of deaths. It all counts economy, mental health, social structures, all the other medical issues besides C19, and C19. When you hyper focus on one thing because of your primitive fear/superstition, you arrive at a very dark place. Good luck.

          They are up shit creek w/o a paddle.

          1. You are a moron. It’s literally the opposite of what you say: vaccines are more effective for herd immunity than just letting it rip. People who get the jabs have better immune response than those who just got sick. If we let it rip we get more reinfections and more mutations. But you’re right the vaccines aren’t perfect, especially not against Delta. We need not just universal vaccination but boosters targeted at Delta. Then encourage people to retake the booster every year like with flu.

            1. Universal vaccinations? Yeah, it only took us over two centuries to achieve universal vaccination for Smallpox, a disease with a mortality rate of 30%. You should check out the real world sometime when you get a chance.

            2. Leaky vaccines are potentially very dangerous.


              Almost every paper I’ve read shows that natural immunity is superior for infection, hosp, and death this is for antibody production, epitope spectrum, T cell response and B cell memory. You’ll have to show citations backing up what you say…cause I certainly can. Also, there is data out of Public Health England showing higher death rates for vaccinated vs unvaxx. That could be immunocompromised are preferentially the vaxxed who are dying but those rates are upside down relative to your world view. That’s a fact.

              Reinfection for naturally immune is extremely rare almost immeasurable vs the burgeoning reinfection rate of the vaxxed.

              The vaxx only codes for the spike which provides selection pressure such that when a mutation comes along that evades the spike it gets around vaccinated immunity…but will likely be caught by naturally immune. So the vaccines themselves very likely are preferentially driving the direction of the mutations.

        3. It did?

        4. Lockdowns worked?

      2. No, but the evidence strongly suggests that she is.

  28. So it’s a proper lockdown and looky they have had very few cases of a virus with a survival rate of 99.97 percent. If I didn’t know that New Zealand is a liberal democracy I might think it’s a police state. But libertarian mag Reason says it’s all good. I’ll rest easy tonight.

    1. Liberal democracy and police states are not mutually exclusive. Cf. Singapore.

  29. New Zealand lockdowns are porn for Covidiots.

  30. So are these idiots going to hide on their island forever? Isn’t New Zealand’s one-and-only resource tourism? I wonder how many tourists will want to wait 2 weeks in quarantine before they can go actually vacation? I guess the idea is to wait until the rest of the world is safer and treatments have been perfected. Well at least they are suffering the same BS as the rest of us re lockdowns. The West has gone mad and is committing suicide.

  31. I truly believe Arden is mentally ill and the people of New Zealand are fools! She is determined to defeat a virus, no matter what the cost to the country.

  32. Defeated. Like Auatralians. Defeated.

  33. Eh, Kiwi’s seem to love this regime trampling them. Why should we care if they don’t?

  34. I really like the part where they shut down the vaccination sites – – – – – –

    1. They’re the smartiest, don’t you know?

  35. Suggested Title Change:

    Hyperbolic Paranoia Seizes New Zealand Government Officials
    Restaurants, Schools, Vaccination Sites to close in response to 1 COVID-19 case

  36. What is the death rate?

    Why are we not seeing this?

    All they show are ‘cases’

  37. The way the corona virus is changing its form makes it clear that every person on earth will have to be vaccinated.
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  38. New Zealand is one of the most popular and self-responsible country in the world And Their presedent is also a very courageous women. her decision about covid cases is acceptable. she is also constructing interior design studio NY in united States for peoples.

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