New Zealand national lockdown extended as Covid outbreak spreads to Wellington

Posted by on August 20, 2021 1:10 am
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Total case numbers grow to 31, including three in Wellington, as Jacinda Ardern urges public to stay vigilant

The whole of New Zealand will remain in lockdown until midnight Tuesday, prime minister Jacinda Ardern has announced, as the country’s coronavirus outbreak grew to 31 people and spread to Wellington.

The first case in the outbreak emerged in Auckland on Tuesday, prompting the government to put the entire country into a level-4 lockdown – the highest level of restrictions. Genome sequencing has linked the cluster to a returnee from Australia.

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