New Zealand has moved up its Covid-19 Alert Levels from 11.59 p.m. on Sunday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.
Due to the three new community Covid-19 cases reported on Sunday, the Covid-19 Alert Level in the largest city of Auckland has moved up to Alert Level Three and the rest of the country will enter Alert Level Two, Xinhua news agency quoted Ardern as saying at a press briefing here.The decisions around upgrading the Covid-19 Alert Levels were made after an urgent Cabinet meeting on Sunday.
People in Auckland, including students, were asked to stay home while essential services including supermarkets, petrol stations and pharmacies will stay open.
The three new cases comprise a couple and their daughter in the south Auckland community.
The mother works for a service company at the airport.
Their positive test results came on Saturday night and genome sequencing is underway, said Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield.
New Zealand has so far reported 2,330 coronavirus cases and 25 deaths.-IANS