New Zealand records third coronavirus case days after announcing eradication of virus

Any staff at the border who are considered possible close contacts will also be stood down and tested.

"We know there are people continuing to come to New Zealand - these are Kiwis returning from countries where there is active community spread of COVID-19", he said.

Regarding the two new cases, Ardern said that they highlight the importance of strict border controls for Covid-19.

However, the virus is still widespread in the United Kingdom, with the nation still following lockdown measures.

She said: "What this does prove is the importance of a rigorous system at our border", according to local news site NewstalkZB.

Another guest at the hotel at the same time as the two women told Television New Zealand that she had not been tested before leaving either, having been offered an "optional" test.

The two unnamed British travellers reportedly landed in the city of Auckland on June 7 and were planning to spend 14 days in quarantine, as required of all worldwide travellers visiting New Zealand.

On the other hand, for travellers who are well, there are separate facilities where travellers can walk around within the facility confines but limit contact with others. Two new coronavirus cases have appeared in the country after officials said there were no longer any.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Wednesday called in the military to oversee the facilities and to manage border defenses.

So much of New Zealand's success to date has relied on trust: the public's trust that ministers would not abuse the extraordinary powers they granted themselves, and the trust that we would all follow the rules without the need for soldiers to line the streets.

New Zealanders, their families, and particular essential workers are the only people now permitted to enter the country. New arrivals are supposed to remain in managed isolation for 14 days, during which they should be tested twice for the virus.

Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern had declared New Zealand to be coronavirus-free after 24 days with no new cases.

Ardern had announced last week that the country had eliminated the coronavirus.

"I provided all the information I had on Tuesday when I made the announcement [of the two cases]", he said.

Auckland - the capital of New Zealand. New Zealanders are now free to get their hair cut, go out to movies, dine in at restaurants, and even attend sporting events with thousands of other people, as you can see in the rugby stadium pictured above. "It is the reality of this virus".

The country's total number of confirmed cases is now 1,156, and its combined total of confirmed and probable cases is 1,506.