More details will be given at a news conference in two hours.
New Zealand’s government reported that it was free of Covid-19 last week after the last remaining sufferer from the virus recovered. However, the country’s top health official said at the time that there would inevitably be more cases as new arrivals entered the country.
New Zealanders, their families, and particular essential workers, are the only people currently permitted to enter the country. They must stay in government-run quarantine for two weeks, during which time they will be tested twice for the virus.
The country has recorded less than 1,500 confirmed cases of Covid-19, and 22 deaths, after a strict and early national lockdown.
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