New Zealand city to go under lockdown after 3 COVID cases

New Zealand imposes 3-day lockdown on Auckland after 3 new local COVID-19 cases

A border will be put in place around Auckland, but people will be able to cross the border by getting an exemption from the government, Ardern said.

On Saturday, Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said a person tested positive for the virus while in mandatory isolation died after being moved to North Shore Hospital in Auckland.

But nearly two million residents were told on Sunday to stay at home from midnight, when the level-three lockdown begins, with schools and businesses to close except for essential services. There is an average of 35 seconds wait time on the call line.

But the most likely scenario is human-to-human transmission, Ardern said. It still has not been linked to a known case in MIQ.

It comes after three community cases were confirmed in South Auckland yesterday.

One new case arrived from United Arab Emirates via Malaysia, and three others arrived from India via the United Arab Emirates all on February 13. Six of these close contacts have returned a negative test and 4 results are pending.

There were no new confirmed cases in the community at 1pm today.

'We're in a position at the moment where we haven't quite identified whether or not the household cases that we picked up, whether or not there are any beyond that. "But as we have kept saying, there is no such thing as no risk".

"There are a number of locations of interest for people who may be "Casual Plus Contacts" or "Casual Contacts" of COVID-19 cases in the community". It is not yet clear how they contracted the virus but the woman works for LSG Sky Chefs, an airline catering company, where she handles laundry. "Please continue to scan QR codes wherever you go and turn on Bluetooth tracing in the app dashboard if you haven't already done so", the Ministry of Health said.

The last recorded cases of community transmission were 21 days ago.

"No further consideration of change to alert levels has been taken at this point".

Serology testing for the three positive cases and a close household contact was also now underway.

The "green zone" bubble between Australia and New Zealand has been suspended after new cases of coronavirus emerged in the Auckland community.

The mother works at LSG Sky Chefs, officials said, handling laundry from global flights.

The father is self-employed as a tradesman and his potential contacts are also being traced.

The restrictions will last until Wednesday night, while the rest of New Zealand has been placed under level two restrictions, which allows for more flexibility of movement.

Police officers are checking all vehicles arriving and leaving Auckland to ensure there is no non-essential travel.

Anyone wanting to travel between Alert Level 3 and Alert Level 2 regions needs to check whether they are eligible to travel. (The full list of rules are detailed below).

Ardern told Newstalk ZB's Mike Hosking today that the link to the British variant had led officials to think the virus might have come through airport transit or it had stemmed from an global airline crew member.

One is that the virus came from a transit passenger, while another is that it came from global aircrew, who in some cases have their uniforms cleaned at the facility where the infected woman works, she told Radio New Zealand Monday.

"The other possibility is global airline crew".