Auckland to enter seven-day lockdown following new case of COVID-19

Ross Houston
February 27, 2021

New Zealand's prime minister has ordered a seven-day lockdown of Auckland, the country's biggest city, after a single local coronavirus case of unknown origin was recorded.

Case M is a 21-year-old man who is a sibling of a Papatoetoe High School student who was a casual plus contact.

There have been no new community cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand today, a day after it was revealed a new case had worked a shift at an Auckland KFC outlet.

Ardern said a new coronavirus case confirmed on Saturday could not be directly connected to other positive tests over the last two weeks, although a school in South Auckland was a common link.

"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.

"We are dealing with young people here and what we ask them to do is share with us their entire lives, and it's very important that we have a situation where people are able and willing to do that".

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

Because Case M had symptoms on Tuesday, Microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles said that was the best part of a week they could have been spreading Covid-19 in the community.

The student had returned three recent negative tests and is asymptomatic.

All five members of the household are being tested with results expected this evening.

The lockdown, with Level 3 restrictions, will allow people to leave home only for essential shopping and essential work, Ardern said.

The Papatoetoe gym sent an email alert to members tonight outlining times and dates visited, which are: Saturday Feb 20th - 12:20pm - 1:45pm and Friday Feb 26th - 3:20pm - 4:40 pm.

She is asking for everyone who may have come into contact with the new case to "do the right thing" and isolate. Go here for up-to-date information on testing locations in Auckland.

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