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Covid Returns to New Zealand After 102 Days, Sparking Lockdown

  • Prime Minister announces first local cases in 102 days
  • Four cases detected in an Auckland household, Ardern says
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New Zealand Reports First Virus Cases in 102 Days
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New Zealand’s world-beating run of being Covid-free has come to an end, with the detection of new cases prompting the government to put largest city Auckland into lockdown.

Authorities have detected four cases of coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, and contact tracing is now underway to prevent further spread, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said late on Tuesday. New Zealand had recorded 102 days of no community transmission, with its only cases quarantined at the border.