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Auckland locked down after 1 case found

Jacinda Ardern Jacinda Ardern throws Auckland into another week long lockdown after just ONE new case of Covid-19
Kristine Garrett | 28 February, 2021, 04:06

The seven-day lockdown, announced late Saturday by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, follows a three-day stay-at-home order in mid-February after a local emergence of the United Kingdom variant of the new coronavirus that causes Covid-19.

Under Alert Level 2 people are still able to attend work and school, however, more stringent rules will be put in place including the use of face masks must be work on public transport and tighter restrictions on social gatherings.

There were no new community cases announced on Sunday.

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 student had returned three recent negative tests and is asymptomatic.

Health officials, who could not immediately confirm how the person got infected, said genome sequencing of the new infection was under way.

The locations include a CityFitness gym, a Burger King and a Pak'nSave.

Ardern said this afternoon that New Zealanders will not beat Covid-19 by turning on each other.

"We will always weigh up, are we creating an environment where people will be open and honest?" she said.

Asked if she would consider moving Auckland out of alert level 3 if there continued to be no new cases, Ardern said the United Kingdom variant had a "longer tail" that meant there might be more positive tests to come.

Authorities said on Saturday they did not know how Case M had contracted the virus.

Director-General of Health announces no new cases of Covid-19 but Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warns it is "highly likely' more are coming".

The Manukau Institute of Technology is now closed under alert level 3. This unclear link prompted the government to implement a lockdown, she said.

She said a "number of events" had been affected by the new alert levels, she was "devastated for the fans", but Covid meant the events had to be cancelled.

Ardern said that's because the United Kingdom variant of Covid-19 seems to have a "longer tail", that is, infections may not emerge until later. The new case's mother also tested positive on Saturday.

She said if officials have concerns that people are not isolating, they will work with Police to ensure they do stay at home.

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