Selin ATAY-TDO- New Zealand on Monday widened the scale of restrictions to stem the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the country’s alert status will be raised to “4” in next 48 hours, with "stay-at-home" instructions.
With the new alert status, the country will enforce lockdown to take effect from 11.59 p.m. local time (1059GMT) on Wednesday.
Schools and businesses have been shut except for essential services in New Zealand, while the country had already closed its borders for foreigners.
Under the bans, citizens will be allowed to go out alone, with family members or with people they are in quarantine for shopping, exercise and fresh air. Public transport will be available only to those working on basic services.
New Zealand has 102 confirmed cases so far. The lockdown will remain in place for a minimum of four weeks.