New Zealand records new coronavirus outbreak after 21 days without any cases

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New Zealand's coronavirus minister Chris Hipkins has revealed that three members of the same family in South Auckland have tested positive for coronavirus.

The mum, son and daughter all tested positive for the virus today, however, the source of the infection is yet to be discovered.

This is the first outbreak the country has seen after being Covid-19 free for over 20 days.

Health officials in South Auckland are now working to rapidly test everybody the family have come into contact with, in a bid to contain the new outbreak.

The mum who tested positive works for one of the biggest airline catering providers in the world, LSG Sky Chefs, while the daughter attends Papatoetoe High School which will not be closed for 48 hours.

Officials are now carrying out tests at the mum's workplace in order to stop the spread.

Chris Hipkins said: "There is a number of gaps in our knowledge around these cases".

While stating that Auckland was still in a level one alert, he said government bosses were meeting to discuss the next stage which could see the city fall into lockdown again.

"There are still a lot of questions here, this is a precautionary measure. Having the prime minister in Wellington means we can make decisions quickly. At this stage, we don't know whether we need to [lockdown]," he added.

Jacinda Arden has swiftly returned to Wellington rather than attending a gay pride event in Auckland today, in order to meet with Hipkins and other senior government officials.

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