New Zealand will enter COVID-19 alert level 4 for at least three days after a case was found in the community - after 170 days of no community cases.
The latest case is a 58-year-old man from Devonport. He and his wife (who has so far tested negative) travelled to the Coromandel during the weekend of August 13 to August 15.
From 11.59pm on Tuesday the country will return to the strictest COVID-19 restrictions possible - no takeaways, no leaving home for non-essential business and everyone urged to stay within their bubbles.
These restrictions will be in place for at least three days - possibly seven days or longer for Auckland and the Coromandel.
It is unknown which strain of COVID-19 the man has, and genomic testing is expected to return in the early hours of Wednesday morning.