The rise in case numbers comes after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Friday announced an extension to the nation-wide lockdown until Tuesday, August 31. 
The lockdown was due to be lifted at midnight last night, however, health authorities remained concerned about the number of cases popping up. 
There are now a total of 429 cases linked to the latest outbreak – with 415 identified in Auckland and 14 in Wellington. 
The Ministry of Health confirmed 376 cases had been epidemiologically linked to another case or sub-cluster, while 53 remained under investigation. 
New Zealand reported a record number of new COVID cases on Saturday, with 82 local infections overnight. Picture: Getty Images
One new case was recorded in a managed isolation facility. 
Ms Ardern flagged on Friday Auckland was set to remain at alert Level 4 for an additional two weeks, while the rest of New Zealand was likely to move to alert Level 3 from Tuesday. 
“This is so we can get Delta under control and reopen fully and safely, we simply can’t do that if we have a lot of Delta circulating in the community,” she said. 
“To move safely down, we will need to be confident we’ve stamped it out and have cases contained and isolated.” 
New Zealand records 68 new local COVID-19 cases

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