WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 25: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to media at a press conference ahead of a nationwide lockdown at Parliament on March 25, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Wednesday declared a State of National Emergency in response to combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The declaration allows the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management to direct and coordinate personnel, material and other resources, and provides access to other extra-ordinary powers that will support delivery of an effective and timely response to COVID-19. An Epidemic Notice has also been issued to help ensure the continuity of essential Government business.New Zealand will go into lockdown from 11:59 Wednesday night, as the COVID-19 alert level rises to four. All non-essential businesses will close at that time, including bars, restaurants, cinemas and playgrounds. Schools are closed and all indoor and outdoor events are banned. Essential services will remain open, including supermarkets and pharmacies. The New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expects measures will remain in place for about four weeks, and has said there will be zero tolerance for people ignoring the restrictions, with police able to enforce them if required. New Zealand currently has 155 confirmed cases of COVID-19. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

New Zealand reported two new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, taking the total case number to 1,161 in the country, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

As with the five other cases reported last week after 24 days, the two new cases were recent arrivals from overseas and both were detected within the managed isolation facilities, Xinhua news agency reported citing the statement as saying.

Sunday’s first case was the child of the couple announced on Saturday as cases who recently arrived from India. The child was under 2 years old.

The second confirmed case on Sunday was a 59-year-old woman who travelled from Delhi and arrived in Auckland on June 15.

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield had reiterated that as New Zealanders returning home from overseas, there were always new cases to expect.

“It is good that the systems are in place to detect these cases. Testing, particularly at the border, will continue to be an important part of our COVID-19 response,” said Bloomfield.

New Zealand’s laboratories completed 5,950 tests on Saturday, bringing the total completed tests to date to 341,117.

The total number of confirmed cases reported to the World Health Organization was currently 1,161 in the country.

The number of COVID-19 related deaths in the country remained at 22.


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