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New Zealand, In Lockdown Over 1 Covid Case, Warns Outbreak Will Worsen

The civic lockdown is New Zealand's aboriginal in 15 months and is appointed to aftermost three days.

New Zealanders charge brace for added Covid-19 cases from an beginning that has plunged the ahead virus-free country into a breeze lockdown,

Ardern accepted New Zealand was ambidextrous with the awful catching Delta alternative affiliated to the beginning in Australia that authorities accept so far been clumsy to contain.

Ardern said the accelerated acceleration to a absolute of seven cases justified her accommodation to affair civic calm orders on Tuesday afterwards the aboriginal case was identified.

"It demonstrates, at this stage, Level 4 (hard lockdown) is the appropriate abode to be," Ardern told TVNZ.

She said one of the new cases was a assistant at Auckland Hospital and addition was a abecedary at a aerial school, both apery high-risk environments for rapidly overextension the virus.

"We're assured more," she said as admiral appear modelling predicted the array abound to 120 cases, alike with acrimonious restrictions in place.

The antecedent infection, a 58-year-old Auckland man, concluded a six-month run after association manual in New Zealand, which has recorded alone 26 Covid-19 deaths in a citizenry of bristles actor back the alpha of the pandemic.

Ardern said board were aggravating to assignment out how the man bent the ache affiliated to Australia.

"Our case has originated in Australia, now the job we accept is to assignment through how and back it got here," she said.

"The accustomed abode to alpha is to attending at our managed abreast (border) facilities."

The civic lockdown -- New Zealand's aboriginal in 15 months -- is appointed to aftermost three days, with Auckland and the adjacent Coromandel breadth adverse restrictions for a week.

Ardern said there had been three absolute bound cases this ages from Sydney, area an beginning continues to acerbity alike admitting calm orders accept been in abode back backward June.

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said there were no accessible links amidst the bound cases from New South Wales -- of which Sydney is the basic -- and the seven-strong array in Auckland, four of whom were flatmates in their 20s.

"They've been out and about a lot and I'm abatement there will be ample numbers of places of interest," Bloomfield added, adage some of the flatmates had visited a abbey and Auckland's Sky City casino.

Ardern was assured that alike with added cases, her government's action of eliminating the virus, rather than aloof absolute it, would succeed.

"Yes, Delta poses a greater threat, but the aforementioned accoutrement that accept formed afore will do so afresh if we chase the rules," she said.

She said wastewater testing in Auckland had detected no assurance of the virus, giving account for optimism.

Police accepted four bodies had been arrested at a baby anti-lockdown beef in Auckland, with supporters of high-profile cabal theorists Billy Te Kahika adage on his amusing media platforms that he was amidst those detained.

"It is black that some accept to put others at risk," Ardern told reporters, adage best bodies were afterward the rules.

The Reserve Coffer of New Zealand cited the latest lockdown as a acumen for befitting its abject absorption amount at a almanac low of 0.25 percent.

Analysts had predicted afore the beginning that the axial coffer would lift ante amidst convalescent bread-and-butter signs.

"Today's re-introduction of Level 4 restrictions to action beyond New Zealand is a abrupt archetype of how capricious and confusing the virus is proving to be," it said.

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