New Zealand vows to toughen anti-terror laws after seven people were stabbed and wounded yesterday by an ISIL sympathizer in Auckland.
Six people are injured, three critically, in a mass stabbing at a supermarket in LynnMall, Auckland, New Zealand. The attacker, a man who had been under surveillance since 2016 for following ISIL online, is shot dead by police.
New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern announces a snap lockdown, stating that the country's first community infection of COVID-19 in six months, reported yesterday, is suspected of being a Delta variant case. The lockdown will last for seven days in Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula, and for three days in the rest of the country.
Restrictions are eased in New Zealand, with Auckland downgraded to alert level 2 and the rest of the country to alert level 1. Most Auckland schools are reopened and masks are made mandatory on public transportation.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi confirms the first case of COVID-19 in the country from a sailor who returned from Auckland, New Zealand. Malielegaoi said the sailor tested positive Wednesday night but that a second confirmation test from this morning was negative. He added that they were concerned that the man could be contagious, though he is in isolation.
Suffering from pneumonia, Tongan Prime Minister ʻAkilisi Pōhiva is rushed from hospital in Nukuʻalofa to one in Auckland, New Zealand, where he was treated for a liver condition earlier this year. According to a government spokesperson, Pōhiva is in a "very serious" condition.