Covid-19: Locations of interest for Auckland community cases revealed

New Zealand reports three new COVID-19 local cases first since January

New Zealand reports three new coronavirus cases in the community

Following the announcement that Auckland will go into an Alert Level 3 lockdown from midnight tonight (2359hrs Sunday February 14), America's Cup Events Ltd has declared that the America's Cup Regatta, the Prada Cup and the Event will shut down for three days.

The school is undergoing deep cleaning and will be closed on Monday and Tuesday as a precaution, with a testing facility to be set up on the campus.

It is not clear how this affects the teams, as in the last Level 3 lockdown, businesses were allowed to continue in operation, and Emirates Team New Zealand continued training and development - but doing as much as possible from home.

The prime minister said she expected there would be very good uptake of the vaccine among border workers. "It's the winning formula".

Although the airport seems a likely source of infection, Hipkins said officials would seek a definitive answer as to where the infection came from and hadn't yet ruled anything in or out.

"It's an interim approach".

New Zealand had successfully stamped out community spread, and many people elsewhere in the world looked on in envy as New Zealanders went back to work and began attending concerts and sporting events without the need to wear masks or take other precautions.

"This is a really important milestone, but it's just that, one of many that we will have over this year", Ardern said.

Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles, University of Auckland, also agreed with the Government's move. She said they made a decision to take a cautious approach until they found out more about the outbreak, including whether the infections were of the more contagious variants.

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

"There's been a huge amount of work around these cases already today and there will be people in the public health response and elsewhere working into the night. We all get that sense of 'Not again.' But remember, we have been here before and that means we know how to get out of this again, and that is together".

"If you can, postponement is the best thing at this point", she said.

Wiles also said the new outbreak was in a odd zone as there was no clear link to a border or MIQ worker.

Three members of the same family from South Auckland tested positive, with the source of the infection unknown.

It would also help see if there was any community transmission.

"There is a potential link to the border through the mother's workplace so that is another positive but. because it is not a direct [border] link, it's a little sort of more of a stretch I guess so there are other potential ways that the family could have got infected. So that could be positive, could be negative".

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