Coronavirus: 'We are in a pretty stringent environment as it is' - PM Ardern on lockdown curfew

The Prime Minister has dismissed suggestions there should be a nationwide curfew imposed during New Zealand's coronavirus lockdown period.

Police Association President Chris Cahill called for the curfew on Tuesday to address issues such as people driving about at night with "stupid excuses".

Probed about a potential curfew at Tuesday's press conference, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, "I think at the moment, New Zealanders will all agree that we are in a pretty stringent environment as it is.

"I expect that will make a big difference."

She said the country was already in the "best position possible" to manage clusters of COVID-19 cases, due to everyone already being in lockdown.

Restrictions currently in place across New Zealand require Kiwis to stay indoors unless they are heading out to an essential service, like a supermarket or pharmacy, or for exercise. 

There is an increased police presence on the streets enforcing the strict new rules, which were introduced to stem the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Since the lockdown began last Thursday, three people have been arrested by police for "persistent breaches" of the requirements.