Auckland Returns to Level 3 for Seven Days Rest of NZ to Level 2

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield addressed media late this evening regarding a case of COVID-19 confirmed earlier in the evening.

Prime Minister Ardern has announced Auckland will return to Level 3 for seven days while the rest of the country will return to Level 2. The border will be in place from 6 am tomorrow morning, Sunday 28 February.

One new community case was announced hours prior to the media briefing. The case, known as Case M, is an older sibling of a Papatoetoe High School student in Auckland who was a casual plus contact. The student had returned three recent negative tests and is asymptomatic, however it was revealed during the briefing that Case M’s mother has indications of infection from preliminary test results.

Public health officials are undertaking interviews to help establish the source of Case M’s infection.

Case M developed symptoms on Tuesday 23 February. As a result, the person is regarded as being potentially infectious from Sunday 21 February.

The person was tested yesterday (Friday 26 February) and the result was received this afternoon.

Latest locations of interest for Auckland February cases.

  • Hunter Plaza 26 February
  • Burger King Highland Park  25 February
  • Your Health Pharmacy  23 February
  • Pak n Save Manukau 21 February

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