Auckland has been put back into stage three lockdown, while the rest of the country moves back to stage two, after new Covid-19 cases were discovered in a local household with no obvious cause of transmission.
Four cases were discovered in the same family after 102 days of being completely in the clear. There was no obvious source as to where the infection had come from as the family had not travelled, or been in contact with anyone in managed isolation.
As a results, Auckland residents will be required to stay at home and all bars, restaurants and non-essential services will close down.
The news will be a blow to the country, which has won international praise for its handling of the crisis. SkyCity Entertainment Group was one of the first to reopen its casinos to the public, after Macau, and had been enjoying brisk business.
The new lockdown will take effect tomorrow for three days.