Jacinda Ardern throws Auckland into another week long lockdown after just ONE new case of Covid-19
- Auckland, New Zealand, will enter lockdown for one week from Sunday at 6am
- The rest of the country will enter Level 2 restrictions from tomorrow morning
- Lockdown is due to one case not linked to the Papatoetoe High School cluster
- However, the new case is the brother of a student who attends the high school
Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern has announced Auckland will go into lockdown for one week, after just one new local case of Covid-19.
The rest of New Zealand will face Level two restrictions from Sunday at 6am.
The restrictions are in response to a new community case she said does not appear to be connected to a cluster of cases in the south of Auckland.
The cluster is centred around Papatoetoe High School, and the new case, a 21-year-old male, is reportedly the older brother of a student at that school.
The mother of the siblings has also tested positive for Covid-19.
Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern (pictured) has announced Auckland will go into lockdown for one week, after just one new local case of Covid-19
However, Ms Ardern said that student has tested negative for coronavirus multiple times.
‘That means we have no current known link for the case discovered this afternoon,’ she told the media on Saturday afternoon.
‘If we cannot immediately link a case person to person, what we call it an epidemiological link, that is a significant issue, and one, we need to act on.’
In mid-February, the city was plunged into a three-day lockdown after three members of a family tested positive for the highly infectious UK strain of Covid.
The rest of New Zealand will face Level 2 restrictions from Sunday at 6am
Level three restrictions mean people are restricted to their household bubble or an exclusive extended bubble – which may include close relatives or isolated people.
People must work from home if possible and businesses must not offer services requiring close personal contact, unless it is an essential service or emergency.
Public venues are closed but low-risk recreation activities are allowed within bubbles, such as bike riding, swimming or going on a picnic with other household members.
For the rest of New Zealand under Level two restrictions, people are able to socialise in groups of up to 100, shop and travel domestically.
More to come