Published: Sun, February 28, 2021
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New Covid case changes New Zealand-Australia T20I schedule

New Covid case changes New Zealand-Australia T20I schedule

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Saturday that the country's biggest city, Auckland, will be put into a seven-day lockdown from Sunday after a coronavirus community case of unknown origin was recorded.

A new Covid-19 case in New Zealand has raised alert levels in the country and disrupted the men's and women's bilateral series against Australia and England respectively.

In mid-February, Auckland's almost 2 million residents were plunged into a snap three-day lockdown after a family of three were diagnosed with the more transmissible United Kingdom variant of Covid-19.

"We are almost there, in the meantime let's stick together", she said.

Auckland earlier this month ended a three-day lockdown after authorities expressed confidence that the latest community outbreak of Covid-19 was small and contained.

Police will be patrolling areas across Tāmaki Makaurau to make sure Covid-19 restrictions are being followed. Organisers said on Twitter they were working "through the implications".

Motorists trying to enter or leave Auckland under the alert level 3 lockdown are facing waits of up to three hours at the region's southern border.

The restrictions are in response to a new community case she said does not appear to be connected to a cluster of cases in the south of Auckland. "How many cases at this point we simply don't know".

Director-General of Health announces no new cases of Covid-19 but Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warns it is "highly likely' more are coming".

The new case has been considered infectious for a week.

But with Covid, there does come a time when these events have to be cancelled.

She also said the Government won't amplify that message.

She said if officials have concerns that people are not isolating, they will work with Police to ensure they do stay at home.

Yesterday afternoon's community case, which officials are calling "Case M", was a household contact of a Papatoetoe High School student.

A list of locations of interest for contact tracing can be found below.

That student had tested negative for Covid-19 three times and was asymptomatic. On Friday, after he went to the GP to get a test, he went to the gym.

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