New Zealand locks down Auckland after 3 new local COVID-19 cases

Brunilde Fioravanti
Febbraio 14, 2021

The outbreak marks the first new cases outside of quarantine in nearly three weeks.

"It's pleasing to be receiving doses this early in quarter one", Ardern said in a news conference in Auckland.

New Zealand's summertime run without COVID-19 is over, with Auckland heading back into a three-day lockdown after the discovery of three community cases.

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that Auckland will be locked down for three days after three positive Covid tests were announced on Sunday.

Three members of a south Auckland family - a father, mother and daughter - tested positive for the virus.

Airlines have also been contacted, as the woman in the infected family works for an airline catering company, LSG Sky Chefs, where she mostly works in the laundry facilities, they said.

The source is unknown, and health officials remain open-minded, Bloomfield says.

As a precaution, the high school of the girl in the family will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, with COVID-19 testing facilities to be set up there, officials said.

"There's been a huge amount of work around these cases already today and there will be people in the public health response and elsewhere working into the night".

"It would be on many people's minds, there is a spectrum and this definitely includes the more worrying possibility of community outbreak where we don't really know the extent of it".

On Wednesday, it was announced that New Zealand authorities had given formal approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, to be administered to those 16 years and older once stocks arrived in the country.

'I'm saying to people, get tested, it has to be.

"We do have a plan for when things like this happen".

"Acting with an abundance of caution is a good idea until we have information about what variant it is, this is just the way that you put a stop on the transmission chain while gathering more information so hopefully the three days is all we'll need".

"There are still a lot of questions here. this is a precautionary measure", Mr Hipkins said.

"Please, keep up with the Contact Tracer App, turn on Bluetooth and scan, scan, scan".

The country remains on alert level 1 for COVID-19, its lowest level, with no restrictions.

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

He said scientists are carrying out genome sequencing to see whether the cases are of the more transmissible variants, and also to see whether they match with any infected passengers.

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