New Zealand coronavirus cluster grows with three new cases

WELLINGTON (Reuters) â New Zealand has confirmed on Tuesday three new locally transmitted cases of coronavirus, with the cluster expanding just days after governments were forced to introduce fresh curbs in its largest city of Auckland.

Premier Jacinda Ardern lifted a short COVID-19 lockout last week in Auckland and said the move had managed to contain the spread of the virus to three households.

But a student at the Papatoetoe High School in Auckland confirmed earlier in the day testing positive for COVID-19.

Health officials later said that two student siblings were also afflicted with the virus and requested everyone affiliated with the school to be screened.

Officers also often contacted individuals who have visited particular sites to self-isolate themselves to contact area health authorities for testing recommendations.

Nearly 2 million Aucklanders had plummeted into a snap lockdown three days earlier this month after a family of three – two adults and one children – were diagnosed with the UK's most transmissible coronavirus variant.

(Praveen Menon reporting; Shri Navaratnam editing)