NEW ZEALAND has reported new cases of Covid-19 after 102 consecutive days with no transmissions.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, said “four people from one family in South Auckland were found to have contracted COVID-19.”
In response to the new cases, Auckland, on New Zealand’s North Island, will be placed into “Level Three” restrictions from midday on Wednesday.
Local residents are being told by Ms Ardern to “stay home to stop the spread” of the disease and “act as if you have COVID, and as if the people around you have COVID.”
Those in Auckland are being urged to work from home and only leave their houses for “essential movements” such as going to the supermarket or local park.
Ms Ardern has also urged against panic-buying at supermarkets on Tuesday night.
Schools and nurseries will close to pupils apart from the children of key workers, while gatherings of more than ten people will be restricted.
Bars and restaurants are also being told to close, while travel into and out of Auckland will be restricted to those returning home to the city, or those leaving who live elsewhere.
Police are due to issue further information on the use of roadblocks around Auckland on Wednesday.
“One of the most important lessons we’ve learned from overseas is the need to go hard and go early,” says Ms Ardern.
She added: “These three days will give us time to assess the situation, gather information, make sure we have widespread contact tracing so we can find out more about how this case arose and make decisions on how to respond to it once we have further information.”