Destiny Church bishop Brian Tamaki has told his followers they should take to the streets if the Government announces an extension to the current three-day lockdown in effect in Auckland.
The PM has called on the opposition to support New Zealand's response to Covid-19's resurgence after National deputy leader Gerry Brownlee labelled the timing of recent announcements as "interesting".
Director general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says there are four probable cases with symptoms linked to the community outbreak of Covid-19.
One of the people who has tested positive for Covid-19 had been off work on sick leave for nine days.
Dunedin Mayor Aaron Hawkins has called for patience as the city enters at least three days of a step backwards in the fight against Covid-19 this afternoon.
National leader Judith Collins has called for the election to be delayed until at least November, and preferably next year.
Aucklanders who have been fleeing the level 3 lockdown and heading to their beachside baches are being urged to stay home.
Rest-homes in the South were quick to respond to the threat posed by community transmission of Covid-19.
The West Coast Regional Council hopes to hear this week what flood protection projects have been approved in the Govt's infrastructure spend-up to counter Covid-19. But councillors aren't holding their breath.
The dissolution of Parliament has been delayed, election campaigning postponed and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is reconsidering the September 19 poll date as she grapples with the return of Covid-19 in the community.
Australia has recorded its deadliest day of Covid-pandemic, and biggest daily rise in infections in three days, denting hopes a second wave gripping the state of Victoria may be stabilising.
President Vladimir Putin says Russia is the first country to grant regulatory approval to a Covid-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing.
A top Otago University scientist says the extreme scenario would be New Zealand going back to the situation in March when Covid-19 was extinguished after seven weeks of level 3 and 4 lockdown.
The Southern DHB says all health services will continue at this stage, with appropriate hygiene and safety measures in place, and testing will be ramped up in Alert Level 2.
A worst case scenario would be if authorities cannot trace the source of the new Covid-19 outbreak and more cases with no clear links to others emerge, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.
Rest homes are going into full lockdown until midnight on Friday, effectively operating at Alert Level 4.