New Zealand's largest city back in lockdown as COVID-19 lingers

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she was

Auckland will return to alert level three for seven days, with the rest of the country going to level two as mystery surrounds how a new community case became infected.

The restrictions are in response to a new community case she said does not appear to be connected to a cluster of cases in the south of Auckland.

They are a household contact of Case I, the Papatoetoe High School student who tested positive for the virus earlier this week, Case J, who had been at work at Kmart in Botany, and Case K, an infant sibling.

There have been no new community cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand today, a day after it was revealed a new case had worked a shift at an Auckland KFC outlet.

Ms Ardern said the new case, a high school student, now has no symptoms of the virus.

She said she didn't want to create an environment where anyone was nervous to get a test.

"We are dealing with young people here and what we ask them to do is share with us their entire lives, and it's very important that we have a situation where people are able and willing to do that".

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A total of 1515 school students and staff have returned at least one negative test result since February 15.

The patient developed symptoms on Tuesday and is regarded as having been potentially infectious since Sunday, officials said.

They include Manukau Institute of Technology, Hunter Plaza on February 26, Burger King Highland Park on February 25, Your Health Pharmacy on February 23, and Pak n Save Manakau on February 21.

A family member of one of the Papatoetoe High School students who tested positive had been told to stay home and isolate, but instead went to work at the fast food restaurant on Monday.

She is asking for everyone who may have come into contact with the new case to "do the right thing" and isolate.

The Work and Income website provides clear information about what support is available for the various contact categories and locations of interest.

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