New Zealand will lift social distancing restrictions across the country starting Thursday, officials have announced.

Auckland will reduce the restrictions to level two, the second lowest level, while the rest of the country will be reduced to level one.

Wednesday’s announcement comes as tests uncovered three new Covid-19 cases – including two locally transmitted infections linked to a family cluster in Auckland.

A mother, father and daughter from the same household tested positive for the virus, authorities said on Sunday.

Restrictions have been increased Sunday in a quick lock after the discovery of a group of cases of the British variant.

New Zealand has a total of 1,984 confirmed cases, of which 49 are still active.

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