New Zealand has recorded a concerning new Covid case high despite the whole country being in level four lockdown.
New Zealand’s coronavirus cases have continued to rise despite the nation being subject to some of the toughest lockdown measures in the world.
An additional 70 Covid-19 cases were announced by the Ministry of Health on Friday, with all new cases in the Auckland area.
The number took the country’s total cases in the community outbreak to 347.
All patients were being transferred to a quarantine facility, under strict infection prevention and control procedures, including the use of full PPE, the ministry said in a statement.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern forewent her daily Covid update on Friday for a Cabinet meeting to discuss changes to her country’s alert levels, 1News reported.
Ms Ardern and the Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield will announce the outcome of the meeting at a later press conference.
The country was set to be released from its alert level four lockdown at midnight on Friday, with Auckland’s not due to end until midnight Tuesday.
Residents will be anxiously waiting to hear if the alert level four will be extended or altered, and for how long.
The alert level for Auckland will be discussed in a later meeting to be held on Monday.
Dr Bloomfield told radio program The AM Show on Friday that he expected parts of the country to move to lower alert levels from Tuesday next week.
He foreshadowed a likelihood that Auckland could remain in alert level four for an additional two weeks.
Originally published as Concern for New Zealand after rise of Covid cases as Jacinda Ardern reassesses lockdowns