New Zealand's largest city back in lockdown as Covid lingers

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"The high school student in the household has tested negative for COVID-19 on three separate occasions, and now has no symptoms for COVID-19", she said.

Jacinda Arden has announced a seven-day lockdown for Auckland.

In a statement, the Health Ministry said there was just one new case in managed isolation.

Despite this, she is warning against a "mass pile [on]" of the person in question, as that might create an environment where people are too afraid to get tested.

But advice from officials has been for all household contacts of all Papatoetoe High School students to remain at home until they had received a negative Covid-19 result - hence Ardern's frustration today.

Because Case M had symptoms on Tuesday, Microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles said that was the best part of a week they could have been spreading Covid-19 in the community.

All five members of the household are being tested with results expected this evening.

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Ms Ardern said the rules had not been followed, noting the new case went to the doctor in the afternoon yesterday for a COVID-19 test, followed by the gym. As a result, the person is regarded as being potentially infectious from Sunday 21 February.

Health authorities were trying to find out whether the new case was linked to the earlier February cluster, now at 12 infections.

The lockdown, with Level 3 restrictions, will allow people to leave home only for essential shopping and essential work, Ardern said.

Since the latest outbreak first emerged in a family of three, several people have reported symptoms, with the school in South Auckland the connecting factor.

For up-to-date information on testing locations in Auckland, visit arphs.health.nz/ and for all testing locations nationwide, visit the Healthpoint website.

It has since been widened to include those being asked to self-isolate following the announcement of two new community cases in staff members at Kmart Botany and KFC Botany.

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