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Ardern Extends Auckland Lockdown to Get Control of Outbreak

  • Restrictions in New Zealand’s largest city to ease next week
  • Government to require mask wearing on public transport
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Watch: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says Auckland will stay in lockdown four days longer than initially planned.(Source: New Zealand Government/Bloomberg)
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said largest city Auckland will stay in lockdown four days longer than initially planned to ensure a community outbreak of Covid-19 is under control.

Auckland will exit lockdown at midnight on Aug. 30 rather than on Aug. 26, Ardern told reporters in Wellington on Monday. “These extra four days are believed necessary to allow us to move down a level in Auckland, and stay down,” she said, referring to New Zealand’s covid alert level system.