Auckland locked down after 1 case found

Katie Ramirez
February 28, 2021

Restrictions in the rest of the country will be tightened to level two restrictions, including limits on public gatherings.

The latest restrictions in Auckland will last at least seven days and come less than two weeks after a three-day shutdown in the city.

This morning the government confirmed genomic sequencing showed the latest community case of Covid-19 in Auckland is linked to the South Auckland cluster. Ardern said no definitive connection could be made between the new case and the earlier outbreak, as the student had tested negative three times and had no symptoms.

Case M's mother, who is being referred to as Case N, has also tested positive.

She earlier said it was "highly likely" there will be more community cases in the coming days.

Dr Ashley Bloomfield said the United Kingdom variant was showing some "unpredictability".

Under the level 3 alert no sports events can take place.

The two families are known to each other.

'If we can not 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'.

"This is good news", she said.

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Given cases from the new cluster had visited a number of high-traffic areas, including a supermarket and a Kmart, it is probable others have contracted the virus, she said.

Ardern said people spreading Covid-19 misinformation was happening.

Sport is not allowed under Level Three and Ardern's snap decision meant it was unlikely the start of the America's Cup final between holders Team New Zealand and Italian challengers Luna Rossa would go ahead on March 6.

He said there is a "strong" focus on seeing if there are any new cases at Manukau Institute of Technology.

No close contacts have been identified outside of Auckland.

Ardern blamed the creeping spread of community infection on people not isolating when they should have been.

"As little human-to-human contact is what we ask for at level 3".

Ardern and Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield announced the alert level change at a hastily-arranged press conference after an emergency Cabinet meeting on Saturday evening.

She also said people must stay home after their until they have been given the "all clear".

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