• FILE: New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a press conference one day before the country goes on lockdown to stop any progress of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Parliament in Wellington on 24 March 2020. Picture: AFP.

    New Zealand to ease virus lockdown next week

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said New Zealand would move its maximum Level Four COVID-19 alert to Level Three from late evening on Monday, 27 April, and remain there for two weeks to assess the situation.