21st September 2021 By Staff Reporter | email@example.com | @foodtickernz
Auckland will move down to Covid-19 alert level 3 at 11.59pm tonight, Tuesday 21 September, and will stay there for at least two weeks.
Prime minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed the decision – which the government made in principle last week – at her post-cabinet press conference shortly after 4pm on Monday.
Auckland would stay at level 3 until midnight Tuesday 5 October and Ardern said the government would review the decision on Monday 4 October. The rest of New Zealand would remain at alert level 2 but the indoor cap of 50 people per venue would lift to 100 at the same time Auckland moved to level 3.
“We know that level 4 has been tough, but we also know it’s made a difference,” Ardern said.
“Since the outbreak began, we’ve identified 39,637 contacts, carried out almost 670,000 tests, administered 1.43 million first doses of the vaccine and provided a further 660,000 people with their second dose.
“Almost all cases in the last 14 days have been household or known contacts of existing cases. And we are confident there is no significant undetected transmission.”
Ardern said the decision to move Auckland down to level 3 was based on the fact that there had not been widespread Covid spread in workplaces or through essential services and almost all cases linked to the current outbreak had been through close contacts.
“These observations taken together has helped inform the advice of the director-general [of health Ashley Bloomfield], and cabinet’s decision,” Ardern said.
“And cabinet has accepted his advice for Auckland to stay at level 3 for at least two weeks, with cabinet first reviewing those setting on Monday 4 October.”
For as long as Auckland was at level 3 or 4, the rest of New Zealand would stay at level 2.
“You will have heard me signal last week though, a view that with Aucklands move, there is an ability to allow one minor change for the rest of the country around the number of people who can gather together at level 2, including in hospitality venues from 50 to 100,” Ardern said.
“Cabinet has confirmed that decision.”
There were 22 new community cases reported on Monday, three of which were in Whakatiwai in the Hauraki area and the remainder in Auckland.
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