Auckland could come out of lockdown before 26 August, says Jacinda Ardern

Auckland could be lifted out of lockdown before 26 August, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.

In an interview with The AM Show on Tuesday, Ardern said there was a chance the city could move alert levels when the decision is reviewed 

"Our goal is to get out [of lockdown] as soon as possible," she said.

The decision to continue or end the lockdown will be made on Friday. Ardern says the review date will be a good chance to assess any changes in New Zealand's outbreak.

"We wouldn't have put a review date if there was no chance whatsoever of anything changing," she said.

But don't get your hopes up - it's still very early days, the Prime Minister warned.

"I can't give you any indication at this time because I haven't sat down and had a direct conversation with the Director-General [of Health] at this point."

Ardern says Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield is of the opinion a two-week lockdown should be the "maximum" for the city.

"Nothing has changed that view to date but we will do a check-in because there are other restrictions around the rest of the country."

The rest of New Zealand is currently at alert level 2. 

On 12 August four new cases of COVID-19 were discovered in the Auckland community. The whole city was put into three days of alert level 3 as authorities scrambled to trace the outbreak.

This lockdown was extended out to 26 August last Friday as cases continued to rise as a result of the cluster.

There are currently 78 active cases of COVID-19, 58 of which were detected in the community.