COVID-19: Latest places of interest revealed by Ministry of Health

Hunters Plaza has been named as a location of interest.
Hunters Plaza has been named as a location of interest. Photo credit: Supplied

A gym and a mall are among the places of interest following the latest COVID-19 cases in Auckland.  

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director-General of Health Ashley Blomfield announced on Saturday night that as of 6am Auckland is back in COVID-19 alert level 3 and the rest of New Zealand level 2.

The latest alert level changes come after an older sibling of a Papatoetoe High School student tested positive for COVID-19 along with their mother. The case has been infectious for as long as a week and hasn't been in isolation.

Ardern said several high-risk places were involved; including a supermarket, gym, and the Manukau Institute of Technology.

The older sibling is a 21-year-old man who's a student at the Manukau Institute of Technology.

Dr Bloomfield told the media conference the man was tested for COVID-19 on Friday and returned the positive test on Saturday.

"He developed symptoms of general weakness and fever on Tuesday, February 23, and loss of taste and smell the following day," Dr Bloomfield said.

"We are regarding him as infectious since last weekend."

The Ministry of Health has listed six new places of interest with dates and says people who visited those places should get tested and isolate for 14 days. 

Those places are: 

City Fitness in Hunters Plaza (20 and 26 February)

Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) (22, 25, 26 February)

Hunters Plaza (February 26)

Burger King Highland Park (February 25)

Your Health Pharmacy (February 23)

Pak'n Save Manukau (February 21)