Auckland locked down as Jacinda Ardern announces New Zealand's first coronavirus cases in 102 days - ABC News

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed four new cases of coronavirus, the country's first in 102 days.

Stage three restrictions will be imposed in Auckland for three days from tomorrow, while the rest of the country will move to stage two restrictions.

The infected people are from the same family in south Auckland.

Ms Ardern said Auckland would now move to level three restrictions for three days as a "Precautionary approach", while level two restrictions would be imposed in the rest of the country.

Stay up-to-date on the coronavirus outbreakMs Ardern said as part of the level three restrictions being imposed, travelling into Auckland would be prohibited for people who did not live in the city.

People will be asked to stay home from work and school, bars and many businesses will be closed and gatherings of more than 10 people are again restricted.

Under the level two restrictions applied to the rest of the country, social distancing measures will be applied again.

Ms Ardern urged people not to rush to supermarkets to stock up.

"We are defining the area covered as Auckland, as the geographic Auckland super city," Ms Ardern said.

Ms Ardern said: "We are not talking about one distinct suburb in Auckland.