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Ardern Partially Eases New Zealand Lockdown Outside Auckland

Empty highways during a nationwide lockdown in Auckland, on Aug. 18.
Empty highways during a nationwide lockdown in Auckland, on Aug. 18.Photographer: Brendon O’Hagan/Bloomberg
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said lockdown restrictions will be partially eased outside of largest city Auckland amid encouraging signs that a community outbreak of Covid-19 is being brought under control.

All areas south of Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 at midnight tomorrow, Ardern told a news conference Monday in Wellington. The Northland region in the far north may also move to Level 3 later this week but Auckland, the epicenter of the outbreak, will remain at Level 4 for another two weeks, she said.