The U.S. has reported at least 164,690 fatalities to date, the highest COVID-19 death toll in the world.
"I know that this information will be very difficult to receive," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. "We had all hoped not to find ourselves in this position again, but we had also prepared for it."
The new infections were reported to be two women who traveled from the U.K. earlier this month.
The prime minister and her partner were subsequently seated in the restaurant after some seats were made available.
The woman was quarantined while infected with COVID-19 and had no contact with other inmates at Auckland Women's Prison.
Prime minister Jacinda Ardern has been praised for her response to the coronavirus in New Zealand, allowing people to get takeaways for the first time in over a month.
A threatening image appeared on Telegram prior to the anniversary of shootings which left 51 people dead.
A post on the Telegram messaging service warned worshipers they would be heading into Masjid Al-Noor mosque for the "last time."
"Owning a firearm is a privilege not a right," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in September as the country's parliament considered new gun control laws.
President personally requested meeting with New Zealand prime minister on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
The number handed in is still only a tiny proportion of guns in the country, estimated to be between 1.2 and 1.5 million.
"[My daughter is] called Charlotte. She's about the same age as you," the prince said to 5-year-old Alen Alsati.
The country is set to change its gun laws within days of an attack that claimed the lives of 50 people.
"There was a want to receive the dead immediately and start the grieving process...but they realize that this is not like any other incident," said one family member.
"We would like to remind people that it is an offense to distribute or possess an objectionable publication," New Zealand police warned in a statement.
"Mum, there's someone come into the mosque and he's shooting us," the 16-year-old said. Then came the shot.
The prime minister of New Zealand called the attack "an extraordinary act of unprecedented violence."
"This is it, wish us luck! (My partner and I cycled because there wasn't enough room in the car for the support crew ... but it also put me in the best possible mood!)," Julie Anne Genter wrote in an Instagram post.
"It's really heartening to be spending the first week back on deck on issues that really matter to me," Ardern said.
The country's Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters will take over.
The former Democratic presidential candidate met with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern before giving a talk at a sold-out event with a minimum ticket price of $130.