New Zealand reports three new COVID-19 local cases, first since Jan

  • New Zealand reports three new COVID-19 local cases, first since Jan

New Zealand reports three new COVID-19 local cases, first since Jan

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern ordered the country's biggest city Auckland into a snap lockdown for the first time in almost six months on Sunday after three coronavirus cases emerged in the community.

"Customers who are unable to manage their booking online do not need to contact Air New Zealand immediately or prior to their flight's departure - assistance will be provided at a later date to find an alternative flight option or a credit note can be arranged".

"New Zealand has kept COVID-19 contained better than nearly any other country", Hipkins said.

"The main thing we are asking people in Auckland to do is stay at home to avoid any risk of spread", Ardern said. Also favoring the cautious optimism could be the hopes of the U.S. covid relief stimulus and gradually increasing COVID-19 vaccination drive among the world. This has been due in large part to its quick and forceful countermeasures whenever a new virus case is detected.

New cases are regularly caught among returning travelers, all of whom are required to spend two weeks in quarantine. But no one in the infected family had recently traveled, and authorities are investigating how the infection might have occurred.

The infections were found in three members of a household - a father, mother and their daughter who goes to high school.

Officials are hoping to rapidly trace and test people at the woman's workplace - where she handles laundry from global flights - to find the chain of transmission.

On Saturday, Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said a person tested positive for the virus while in mandatory isolation died after being moved to North Shore Hospital in Auckland.

Residents of Auckland were told on Sunday to stay indoors from midnight, when a Level 3 lockdown will begin, forcing all businesses and sectors to close, except for essential services. Despite precautions, there have been several times when the virus has leaked out from the border before being controlled again, and officials are trying to determine whether that's happened again.

Auckland residents are being told to say home if possible.

Ardern said officials were "making good progress" in the investigation but work was still under way and the current alert levels will remain in place.

Anyone wanting to travel between Alert Level 3 and Alert Level 2 regions needs to check whether they are eligible to travel. Mass gatherings will be limited to 100 people. "We all get that sense of 'Not again.' But remember, we have been here before and that means we know how to get out of this again, and that is together".

"We will continue to monitor it on a day-by-day basis, really it is up to the shared effort of all Victorians".