There are fears the Delta variant has spread into the New Zealand community, with reports that authorities there are investigating a potential case today.
The case was picked up in Auckland early this afternoon, but there is currently no obvious links with the border or managed isolation operations.
“The Auckland Regional Public Health unit is undertaking interviews with the case for contact tracing purposes,” a statement reads.
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“While we collect more specific information all Ne Zealanders are reminded of the basic public health measures of mask-wearing and hash washing.
“In particular anyone in Auckland catching public transport this afternoon or who cannot socially distance in public spaces should wear a mask as a precaution.”
Ministers are expected to meet this afternoon after more information is collected in regards to the case.
However, officials have already indicated that it could mean a snap lockdown.
“A hard and early response is the best tool to stamp out any potential spread and everyone in New Zealand is asked to stay calm, be kind and play their part while we gather more information on the potential case,” the statement reads.
An update is expected later this afternoon.