The government will meet on Friday to decide whether or not. Keep the country in Level 4 lockdown., As the number of cases and exposure sites increases.
Two experts spoke. Equipment He said it was very likely that the government would extend the Level 4 settings at least by the end of the week. The size of the cluster was not yet known..
The government will announce the decision after holding a meeting at 3pm and then getting new case numbers.
It has already been hinted that the Auckland Coromandel will remain in Level 4 lockdown until at least Wednesday, but sanctions on the rest of the country are due to expire at midnight.
As on Thursday at 1 p.m. The community cluster has grown to 20., With another unrelated community case linked to the border.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had indicated that even if the rest of the country went down, it would slowly go through the alert level – not suddenly return to normal.
Order had. Some good news Sharing with the country on Thursday, as the government confirmed, is closely related to the Coveid 19 variant Coveid, which impresses people on the North Coast, to a recent returnee from Sydney found in organized isolation.
“Now we can be pretty sure how and when the virus came into the country,” Ordner said.
The man arrived on August 7 – that did not mean the disease had been spreading for weeks, as previously feared.
“Depending on the timelines, at least, possibly just one or maybe two, there are missing links between this return and our current epidemic cases, and the period in which the cases were in the community is relatively short. “
Yet experts say more cases have been visited by community cases, and the contagious disease of delta tension means New Zealand is not out of the jungle yet.
Sean Handy, a 19-year-old model at the University of Auckland, said the short time between the arrival and discovery of the virus in the country meant there was less need to worry about “upstream”.
“The relatively recent history of this person’s arrival really reduces what time it is in the community. This will make it easier to control and close the cluster,” Handy said.
He warned that this did not mean that the threat had been averted, however, that Sydney’s massive spread had finally been linked to its source.
“They already had this link in Sydney, and they weren’t aggressive enough. We still have to be aggressive enough,” Handy said.
Her modeling suggested that there were about 100 cases as of Wednesday, when the country went into lockdown.
But the lockdown should see a reduction in the transmission rate by about 80 to 80 per cent, he said, adding that the overall transmission rate has been brought down to about 0.5 per cent. This means that the virus will eventually disappear below level 4, as on average only half of the infected people transmit it to another person.
Given how fast it was in the cluster, Handy doubted that the government would extend Level 4 arrangements across the country, at least by the end of the week, as lockdown costs were reduced.
Michael Baker, an epidemiologist at the University of Otago, agrees, saying Level 4 settings have made it much easier to track contacts because everyone in the country is already being told to isolate themselves.
“They’re already doing what their liaison will tell them to do: what’s on hold,” Baker said.
He said the local lockdown was difficult to police properly and the possible presence of the Cove 19 in holiday hotspots such as Coromandel meant it could easily travel across the country.
“It’s good in theory, geographically focused lockdown, but the reality is that it’s hard to deliver.”
No wastewater tests outside of Auckland have shown positive results, with recent negative results for Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Queen Town and Invercargill.
Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, director general of health, said he would like to see about one percent of the total population tested in other areas to make sure that the cove 19 is not loose, but has dropped from 10 to 10 in recent weeks. Few people are like the cold. The symptoms were tested.
“If you look in the winter, we’re probably testing people with five to 10 percent of symptoms as usual. We want to bring it closer to 100 percent.