COVID LIVE Updates: NZ announces lockdown over one case; Australian state bans people from removing masks to drink outdoors

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WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 17: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern looks on during a press conference at Parliament on August 17, 2021 in Wellington, New Zealand. Auckland and Coromandel will go into level-4 lockdown for seven days - and the rest of the country for three days - after a positive COVID-19 case was confirmed in the community in Auckland. The lockdown restrictions will come into effect at 11:59 tonight. The person traveled to Coromandel over the weekend. New Zealand health officials are investigating the source of the new positive COVID-19 case and are yet to confirm whether it is the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus. The last case of community transmission was reported in New Zealand on February 28 2021. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern looks on during a press conference at Parliament on August 17, 2021 in Wellington, New Zealand. Auckland and Coromandel will go into level-4 lockdown for seven days - and the rest of the country for three days - after a positive COVID-19 case was confirmed in the community in Auckland.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a nationwide lockdown after the country confirmed one coronavirus case – the first locally transmitted Covid-19 case in the community since February.

Meanwhile, India reported 25,166 fresh COVID-19 cases today, 23.5 percent lower than the number of cases reported on Monday. The death toll has risen to 4,32,079 with 437 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the data from the Union Health Ministry.

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The US eased travel advisory for India to its second-lowest level of “exercise increased caution” after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claimed that India now has a “moderate level of Covid-19. “Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorised vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC’s specific recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers,” the state department said on Monday.

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