New Zealand will remain in level 4 lockdown until midnight Tuesday, with regions south of Auckland downgrading a level after then. Auckland and Northland will likely remain in level 4 for a longer period.
The prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, updated the nation on the lockdown settings on Friday afternoon.
The country has reported 70 new cases of coronavirus in the community, bringing the total number in the outbreak to 347. Of the cases, 333 are in Auckland, and 14 are in Wellington. One of the Auckland cases is based one hour north of the city, in Warkworth.
Ardern said cabinet will decide on Auckland and Northland’s lockdown setting on Monday, but it was likely Auckland would stay in level 4 for another two weeks.
“This is so we can get Delta under control and reopen fully and safely. We simply can’t do that if we still have a lot of Delta circulating in the…