New Zealand whole again as Auckland lockdown ends

Biggest city is once more free of curbs on gatherings and social distancing in restaurants and bars after beating second wave

New Zealand is again a country united in its response to coronavirus, with Auckland joining the rest of the nation on the lowest alert level.

Auckland was freed from restrictions on gatherings and social distancing requirements in restaurants and bars at midnight on Wednesday. That day three new cases were announced, bringing the total of active cases to 37. Key to lowering the alert level was the absence of active cases in the community, meaning all current cases are in quarantine facilities or managed isolation at home.

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