Auckland lockdown ending despite new cases

New Zealand’s cabinet has decided to end Auckland’s three-day lockdown at midnight on Wednesday despite three new community COVID-19 cases.

Two new cases were found on Wednesday after mass testing of students at Papatoetoe High School.

A third new case, a family member of one of those students, was announced by Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield later on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern ordered the lockdown on Valentine’s Day after the emergence of three cases, all from one family, including a Papatoetoe High student.

With just six cases to date, she said she was confident enough to move down alert level settings.

“We believe this to be a small contained outbreak with the evidence we have to date,” she said.

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