New Zealand has been affected by its first Covid-19 outbreak for 21 days.
Three members of the same family from South Auckland tested positive with the source of the infection unknown.
New Zealand Covid-19 Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed on Sunday that authorities are following close contacts to run tests on them.
He also said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had canceled previous engagements and would be returning to Wellington for briefings.
“With the Prime Minister in Wellington we can make decisions quickly. Right now we don’t know if we need that, ”said Hipkins. “In these cases there are a number of knowledge gaps.”
The three new cases are a mother, father and daughter who returned positive tests on Sunday. The mother works for LSG Sky Chefs, one of the world’s largest airline catering providers in Mangere.
Covid-19 tests are carried out at this workplace. The father is a businessman.
The daughter is a student at Papatoetoe High School, which is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
New Zealand – which went more than two months without infection before the January fall – is slated to begin vaccinating its 5 million people against the new coronavirus on February 20 after receiving the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine earlier than expected.
The country remains at level 1 alert for Covid-19, the lowest level, with no restrictions.
The new cases forced Jacinda Ardern to return to skip an Auckland gay pride event that she was supposed to attend on Sunday afternoon.