New Zealand is being sent into a snap lockdown after a case of COVID-19 emerged in Auckland.
It’s the country’s first case in the community since February.
Auckland and Coromandel will go into a seven-day lockdown from 11.59pm tonight, while the rest of the country will go into a three-day lockdown.
A 58-year-old man tested positive after visiting a doctor today with officials believing he was infectious since August 12.
Authorities are waiting for genome sequencing but are treating it as if it is the Delta variant.
The infected man had travelled from Auckland to Coromandel with his wife on the weekend.
The man isn’t vaccinated but his wife is.
“Going hard and early has worked for us before. We know that Delta is a more dangerous enemy to combat, the same actions we applied last year can work again,” NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.
All schools and non-essential businesses will close with people only able to leave their homes for essential shopping, exercise or medical care.
More to come.