Auckland remains shut to curb Delta: Ardern

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said all of New Zealand, except Auckland and Northland, will ease lockdown measures to alert level 3 starting next Tuesday.

Under level 3, businesses can only operate for click and collect or contactless services. Bars and restaurants remain shut except for takeaways.

Auckland and neighbouring Northland will remain in full level 4 lockdown, possibly for another two weeks, Ardern said.

This means Auckland, the epicenter of the outbreak, will be cut off from the rest of the country for now.

The country reported 70 new cases of COVID-19 in the community on Friday all in Auckland, taking the total number of cases in the latest outbreak to 347.

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