Coronavirus crisis: Auckland heads into seven-day lockdown after new COVID-19 community case detected

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced Auckland will be locked down for seven days after a community COVID-19 case of unknown origina was dtected.
Camera IconPrime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced Auckland will be locked down for seven days after a community COVID-19 case of unknown origina was dtected. Credit: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

New Zealand’s largest city of Auckland is going back into a seven-day lockdown after a new unexplained coronavirus case was found.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement Saturday evening after an urgent meeting with top lawmakers in the Cabinet. She said the lockdown would take effect from Sunday morning.

Auckland earlier this month was placed into a three-day lockdown after new cases of the more contagious variant first found in Britain were found.

New Zealand has pursued a zero-tolerance elimination strategy with the virus, and had successfully stamped out community spread before the latest cases were found this month.

Ardern said the latest patient had experienced symptoms since earlier in the week and could have infected others.

The rest of New Zealand will also have increased restrictions.

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