Ardern confirms new NZ case linked to infectious UK strain
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern announced a snap week-long lockdown in Auckland after a mystery local COVID-19 case.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden has confirmed the country's mystery local COVID-19 case is linked to the more infectious UK strain.
Ms Ardern announced a snap seven-day lockdown in Auckland last night following the discovery of the case.
From 6am today (4am AEDT), Auckland moved to Alert Level 3 for the week, while the rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 2.
The new community case does not have a clear link to a small cluster of cases already in the south of the city.https://twitter.com/RuthWW/status/1365574947892916224
The case is an older sibling of a Papatoetoe High School student who was a casual plus contact. The student had returned three recent negative tests and is asymptomatic.
Ms Ardern said the positive case experienced symptoms earlier in the week but had not been isolating, visiting a doctor and a gym while possibly infectious.
"Public health officials are undertaking interviews to help establish how this new case was infected," New Zealand's Ministry of Health said in a statement.
All five members of the household are being tested with results expected this evening.
The case developed symptoms on Tuesday 23 February. As a result, the person is regarded as being potentially infectious from Sunday 21 February.
Under Alert Level 3, people in Auckland will not be permitted to leave their home unless for essential reasons.
Social gatherings are not permitted and weddings and funerals will be capped at 10 people.
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.