New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a nationwide lockdown on Tuesday after a new case of COVID-19 was discovered in the biggest city of Auckland.

Iran PressAsia: New Zealand will enter a snap nationwide lockdown at its highest level on Tuesday night after a 58-year-old man from Auckland tested positive for COVID-19, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced.

After the first case was diagnosed, New Zealand announced four new cases of COVID-19, bringing the country’s total to five, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed.

This is the first coronavirus case confirmed in New Zealand's community for 170 days and officials are concerned the man may have the highly contagious Delta variant. New Zealand has only experienced a level 4 lockdown once before, early in the pandemic. 219