Auckland, New Zealand, in lockdown for 3 days - Axios

New Zealand is reimposing restrictions on the city of Auckland after three members of the same family tested positive for COVID-19, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Sunday.

Driving the news: New Zealand's most populous city will lock down for three days from 11:59pm Sunday. The rest of NZ won't lock down, but social distancing and other precautions will be reintroduced.

"Three days should give us enough time to gather further information, undertake large scale testing and establish if there has been wider community transmission."
— Ardern's remarks at news conference

For the record: Auckland is entering level 3 restrictions under NZ's four-tier alert level system, with people urged to stay in their household "bubbles." Gatherings of up to 10 are permitted in exceptional circumstances, such as funerals.

The big picture: This will be Auckland's third lockdown. Level 3 restrictions were imposed in August, before being moved down to level 2 by the month's end. All domestic restrictions were removed in October.

By the numbers: There are currently 47 active COVID-19 cases, with 44 in managed hotel isolation.

Of note: New Zealand is due to begin coronavirus inoculations next week, with border staff the first to receive doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine this Saturday.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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