New Zealand Sinks Back Into Lockdown

New Zealand Sinks Back Into Lockdown

By Kelsey Wilkie

New Zealand will be plunged back into lockdown for seven days after recording a new community case of COVID-19.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern held an emergency press conference on Saturday night where she announced the new restrictions.

The changes, which will come into force at 6am on Sunday, will see Auckland under alert level three and the rest of the country under alert level two.

The lockdown comes after a 21-year-old male, the older sibling of a Papatoetoe High School student, tested positive for the virus.

The young man visited multiple locations while infectious.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (file)

Under level three lockdown, retail businesses can only offer online or click and collect services and schools must move to remote learning.

The rest of New Zealand is at alert level two, meaning social distancing, caps on gatherings and increased mask-wearing return.

Under level three lockdown, retail businesses can only offer online or click and collect services and schools must move to remote learning.

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