New Zealand city going into 3-day lockdown after virus found

Carla Harmon
February 14, 2021

All days after Thursday are either Race Days, or Reserve Days and can be used for racing - depending on the COVID situation and Alert Levels. "We all get that sense of 'Not again.' But remember, we have been here before and that means we know how to get out of this again, and that is together".

Supermarkets and petrol stations will remain open so there was "no need to rush out to get any essential items".

Gatherings in Auckland are now reduced to 10 people.

"It would be much easier if she was a frontline border worker and had regular contact with returning travellers then you'd feel there was quite a plausible mode of transmission into that household".

Officials said the rest of New Zealand outside of Auckland will also be placed under heightened restrictions, although will not go into lockdown.

New Zealand has been rocked by a fresh outbreak of Covid 19 infections.

She said she doesn't want people to "clog up the system".

She said NZers had enjoyed more freedoms than anywhere else in the world.

New Plymouth has also been identified as an area of interest because two of the cases travelled there from February 6th to 8th for a short holiday and visited a number of tourist attractions.

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said the vaccine comes in vials that can contain up to six doses.

Earlier, New Zealand's minister for COVID-19 response, Chris Hipkins, said genomic testing was being conducted to see if the Auckland family's infection was linked to any highly infectious variants.

Officials are in the process of figuring out if the family - who are moving to the Jet Park MIQ facility - has infected anyone else.

"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".

New Zealand has said it secured up to 750,000 courses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine through an Advance Purchase Agreement, and was seeking a further small allocation through the COVAX Facility.

Indeed, Ardern on Sunday had planned to attend the Big Gay Out, an Auckland festival that celebrates the rainbow community and attracts tens of thousands of people.

Speaking to reporters about 1.30pm, he said no emergency Cabinet meeting had been called tonight.

He did, however, say one could be scheduled "very quickly" if it was needed.Director general of health Ashley Bloomfield said this afternoon officials were collecting more detailed information and "we will make that available as soon as we have it".

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