Coronavirus: New Zealand extends Auckland lockdown after cluster of COVID-19 cases found

Coronavirus restrictions in New Zealand’s biggest city are being extended for another 12 days after more cases were discovered.

New Zealand reported the new outbreak after more than 100 days since its last case was recorded, and had largely returned back to normal.

But this week an Auckland family tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the city back in to a three-day lockdown, with freight being investigated as a possible cause.

Speaking on Friday, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the outbreak had grown to 29 cases, which were believed to be linked.

The stage-three restrictions in the city will now continue until 26 August, and be reviewed a few days before that.

The rest of the country is at the more relaxed stage two, which allows gatherings of up to 100 people and lets businesses open to the public as long as social distancing is observed.

“If you’re in Auckland, please stay at home in your bubble,” Ms Ardern said.

“Wear a face covering whenever you leave your home.”

“Download and use the app and make sure you can quickly access your movements in the last 14 days in case you are contacted by contact-tracers.”

“If you’re unwell, get a test.”

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