New Zealand records double digit spike in new virus cases

The Coronavirus outbreak in New Zealand, which has been traced back to Australia, is continuing to rise rapidly with the cluster now at 21 infections.

It comes after another 11 cases were detected in the community in the past 24 hours, with all of those in Auckland.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed the Delta strain arrived in the country from NSW.


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Genome sequencing has linked the virus back to a man who touched down on a ‘red zone’ flight from Sydney on August 7.

He tested positive while in managed quarantine, with mystery surrounding how the virus got out into the community.

Ms Ardern said there’s still a missing link, with a quarantine or hotel leak likely to blame.

New Zealand remains under an alert level four, with the whole country in lockdown for at least three days

A decision on whether that will be extended is expected to be announced tomorrow

The higher risk areas of Auckland and Coromandel are in lockdown for at least a week.

More to come.