New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a three-day lockdown in the country’s largest city, Auckland, on Sunday.Three new local COVID-19 cases have been reported

Ardern said the Level 3 restrictions requiring everyone to stay home except for essential purchases and important work reiterated the extremely cautious approach the country had taken over the past year in tackling the pandemic. p>
Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins, pictured with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, announced the cases on SundayCredit: Getty Images

She said cabinet decided to proceed cautiously until they learned more about the outbreak, including whether the infections were the more contagious variants

The rest of New Zealand would also be subject to tightened restrictions, but would not be banned, said Ardern

Minister for COVID-19 Response Chris Hipkins had previously announced that the three cases involved a couple and their daughter in Auckland and that genomic tests were being carried out to see if the family was infected to a high degree Infectious variants

have been associated with infection

The new cases, the first since Jan. January, forced Ardern to return to the capital, Wellington, and skipped a Gay Pride event in Auckland that she was supposed to attend on Sunday afternoon

“Our system has taken action,” Hipkins told a hastily called media conference we’re gathering all the facts asap and the system that has served us so well in the past is really preparing for itâ ????

New Zealand â ???? who had gone more than two months with no infection prior to the January fall? should be on 20 February begin vaccinating its 5 million people against the coronavirus after receiving Pfizer BioNTech vaccine earlier than expected

Health officials are still working to find out how the family got infected with the virus and whether COVID-19 could be available in the community or whether this is the start of a possible chain of transmission? he said

As a precaution, the girl’s high school in the family will be closed on Monday and Tuesday and COVID-19 testing facilities are scheduled to be set up there

Airlines have also been contacted as the woman in the infected family works for an airline, LSG Sky Chefs, where she mainly works in the laundry

Authorities say the mother and daughter were starting to show signs of symptoms and their positive tests had relatively low CT scores Display “new and active” infections

The main job of the mother at LSG Sky Chefs is the laundry, but she is also involved in the packing and preparation of meals, it was announced

LSG Sky Chefs provides services for both international and domestic airlines, but the woman has not yet been on flights to collect food trays or laundry

She was last on 5 February at work and not expected to be contagious back then

The father who is understood to be a trader is self-employed and a case interview is conducted to determine who may need to be isolated and tested

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Source: https://www.smh.com.au/world/oceania/new-zealand-reports-three-new-covid-19-local-cases-20210214-p572d3.html