Jacinda Ardern extends Auckland coronavirus lockdown by 12 days

New Zealand has reported 13 new cases of coronavirus, with two cases emerging from Auckland where the country’s outbreak began. The two cases occurred in the Waikato town of Tokoroa, 125 miles south of New Zealand’s biggest city, and were linked to the Auckland outbreak, bringing the number of cases in the cluster to 29. One person is being treated in hospital.

The prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said Auckland would remain in lockdown for an additional 12 days as health workers try to contain the ‘perimeter’ of the outbreak, the source of which remains a mystery. She said a North Island-wide lockdown was not being considered

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