New Zealand has four new cases of COVID-19, bringing the country’s total to five, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed.
The new cases include one Auckland hospital worker, Ardern told Radio New Zealand on Wednesday.
Ardern said all cases are have now been confirmed as Delta variant.
The prime minister had already placed the nation on strict lockdown starting on Wednesday after the first infected person was identified.
It was the country’s first case of coronavirus in six months.
All of NZ will be in lockdown for three days from Wednesday while Auckland and Coromandel, a coastal town in which the first-identified patient had also spent time, will be locked down for seven.
Imposing its toughest level 4 lockdown rules, schools, offices and all businesses will be shut down and only essential services will be operational.