New Zealand Covid-19 cases all linked to a single cluster, with more cases expected | World news


New Zealand is not yet considering a Level 4 lockdown as the growing number of Covid-19 cases are all linked to a single cluster, the health minister said.Chris Hipkins told Radio NZ that more than one cluster would have to circulate for the country to meet Level 4 restrictions, and so far there was no evidence of this, although more cases from the same cluster emerged overnight.

There are 17 Covid-19 cases linked to the South Auckland cluster, and the city of 1.4 million people is in Level 3 containment for three days, meaning people can only venture out for food or exercise.

Jacinda Ardern will meet with the cabinet on Friday at 3 p.m. local time to discuss the next step, and at 5:30 p.m. she will host a press conference to announce her decision on extending the Auckland lockdown past midnight.


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