New Zealand’s Ardern Calls Seven-Day Lockdown for

(Bloomberg) -- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a lockdown for its largest city Auckland while authorities investigate a new case of Covid-19 in the community.

Auckland will enter a seven-day lockdown from 6 a.m. Sunday, Ardern said at a news conference late Saturday after an emergency Cabinet meeting. Auckland will now move to alert level three, while the level for the remainder of New Zealand will rise to two, she said.

Saturday’s decision came after a sibling of a Papatoetoe High School student who’d had some contact with recent Auckland community cases tested positive for Covid-19.

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.

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