Shoppers have been spotted wearing beekeeping suits in a supermarket to protect themselves from coronavirus.
The couple were seen in Countdown Fairy Springs in Rotorua in New Zealand on Wednesday with their suits complete with a face mask and gloves as they stocked up on supplies before the country went into lockdown.
Fellow shopper Naomi Brake told Daily Mail Australia she was shocked to see the couple’s dramatic measures.
‘It was definitely a bit of a surprise,’ she said.
‘I didn’t notice a lot of people starting or taking photos. The supermarket was limiting the number of people that could go in, so there wasn’t a great crowd in there to see.’
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has ordered all Kiwis into an enforced lockdown from Thursday for at least four weeks as the government aims to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
On Thursday, Kiwi health officials confirmed another batch of 78 cases of the virus, taking the country’s overall tally to 283.
Of those, 27 have recovered, just seven people currently require hospitalisation, with none requiring treatment in intensive care units.
Unlike Australia, New Zealand is heading into a major clampdown ahead of any loss of life.
Schools, universities and non-essential businesses – including restaurants and hairdressers – have been ordered shut, and their workers sent home.
Ms Ardern said despite the clampdown, more Kiwis would catch the virus in the coming weeks.
‘The numbers will go up. The modelling suggests we may have several thousand cases. That could be within a 10 to 12 day period,’ she said.
‘But if we all follow the rules we should then see a difference being made.’
Kiwis have been asked to keep any physical contact to within their household and any nearby close family members – their partners or children only – during the lockdown.
Additionally, Kiwis that live alone can nominate one person to spend time with, to ensure a degree of closeness to those most isolated.
Personal groupings are being referred to as your ‘bubble’.
Microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles said maintaining the integrity of your bubble is the most important factor.
‘You are in a bubble … and you need to stay in your bubble and if you get out of your bubble you’re going to pop that bubble and that’s going to put us all at risk,’ she told Radio NZ.
‘People are the weak points.
‘Hand-washing is so, so important. We can go outside, keep it to essential trips and stay two metres away from people … we need to wash our hands as soon as we get back in the house.’
Civil Defence Emergency Management Director Sarah Stuart-Black said she understood many would be anxious, but urged New Zealanders to settle into a new groove.
‘Just take a bit of a breath,’ she said.
‘We’re talking about hanging out at home. You’ve still got a TV and you’ve got the water out of the tap and you’ve got the things in your cupboard.
‘We can work through this step by step.’