New Zealand reports 3 new imported Covid-19 cases

  • New Zealand reports 3 new imported Covid-19 cases

New Zealand reports 3 new imported Covid-19 cases

There are no new community cases.

"Our total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is now 1450, which is the number we report to the World Health Organization".

There are now four people in hospital with Covid-19, with two in ICU, it said.

The rest of the country has been in alert level 2 since the discovery of the cases in August.

PM Ardern made the announcements today from Dunedin after Cabinet's alert level review.

Ardern said that during the two weeks Auckland has been at Alert Level 2.5, there has been 36 additional cases of COVID-19 community transmission identified.

That change, if it comes, will take effect on September 23, she said.

Ardern cabinet will review the current rules for Auckland at its meeting on September 21, with a view to increase gathering limits if the situation stays stable.

Covid-19 restrictions will be eased across New Zealand, except its largest city Auckland, by moving to Alert Level 1 from September 21.

"It has now been two weeks. since Auckland moved to what we have been calling "2.5".

"The question is whether it happened through a casual contact at the airport or port, or whether it happened at a managed isolation facility".

As part of the management of the Auckland community cluster, notifications have been sent out for 18 different exposure events.

There are now 177 cases making up the cluster, with 55 active.

"The public health unit is continuing to investigate how the infection occurred. So while the cases are now in Auckland, with inter-regional travel open there remains a risk of spreading the virus to the rest of the country".

"With the use of face coverings, our updated advice is that physical distancing should be maintained where possible, however it is not required on either domestic flights or on public transport such as trains, buses and ferries", it said. A mask-wearing requirement would remain in place.

NZ First leader and deputy prime minister Winston Peters said he had disagreed with the decision to continue alert level 2 restrictions outside of Auckland.

Health authorities are backing Auckland University's Covid-19 modelling.