New Zealand retirement home in lockdown to test for COVID-19

NZ has gone more than 100 days without community transmission of COVID-19

  
Brian Green, 76, wears a mask as he takes out products from his supermarket shopping cart and loads them into his car outside Pak'nSave supermarket amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 23, 2020.

Brian Green, 76, wears a mask as he takes out products from his supermarket shopping cart and loads them into his car outside Pak'nSave supermarket amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 23, 2020.

Martin Hunter

WELLINGTON: A New Zealand retirement village has gone into lockdown after residents displayed symptoms of respiratory illness, the New Zealand Herald reported on Tuesday.

The Village Palms retirement village in Christchurch advised of the lockdown in a letter to family members today, the newspaper said. No further details were immediately available.

New Zealand, which has managed to largely contain the spread of the coronavirus, has gone more than 100 days without community transmission of COVID-19. 

(Reporting by Praveen Menon Editing by Shri Navaratnam) ((praveen.menon@thomsonreuters.com; +6448028163; Reuters Messaging: praveen.menon.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net; Twitter: https://twitter.com/Journopraveen))

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