Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed that all of New Zealand will remain on alert level 4 until at least midnight on Tuesday.
The cabinet will meet on Monday to decide on the next step at the country’s alert level.
Order and Director General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield have provided an update on the country’s alert level situation.
Watch the briefing here:
New Zealand went into lockdown at 11.59pm on Tuesday. Auckland and Coromandel were initially placed at Level 4 for seven days, while the rest of the country was placed at Level 4 for three days.
There are now 31 community cases of cowardice in Auckland and Wellington. 11 new cases were announced this afternoon..
The Prime Minister said the delay in opening till Tuesday meant that it would take more time to assess how much the country has been affected.
“We are confident that we will be in a better position to review the whole of New Zealand for a full seven days, provided Auckland is challenged to be the epicenter of this epidemic.”
The country is in a “reasonable position”, Arden said, but it was still the early days of the epidemic and it was too early to draw any conclusions.
“We are still waiting for a large number of contacts to be tested,” he said.
“We just don’t know the full extent of this delta epidemic. It all tells us we need to be careful.”
Ardern said it was important that matters at the time appeared to be connected and that matters did not arise where they were not expected.
The large number of locations also meant that the country was potentially dealing with more cases, and with confirmed cases in Wellington today, health officials are now dealing with an epidemic that was not isolated from Auckland.
“It’s better to reassure yourself now that the virus is spreading easily.”
He urged people to check places of interest and get tested if they are currently there. However, he warned that the test was not necessary if he had been there before or since.
“A lot of people are doing the right thing and there has been a long wait at our testing stations. Please remember that you can also call your GP to see if they are testing.”
He said contacts should be kept at home and isolated. Others, under level 4, should stay home with their bubbles.
He reminded New Zealanders that anyone attending any compulsory service over the age of 12 must wear a face mask.
“We are also telling people to wear masks when they usually leave their homes. Remember that people get the virus just by following someone.”
People should wash their hands, do scanning, and “please” and check in with friends and family.
“Following the letter’s rules means we can reconnect quickly.”
He said that the method of lockdown has been tried and it is true.
“Keep up the great work and everyone – and I mean everyone needs to play their part.”
Dr Bloomfield said the nationwide screening rate was six to 10 times the normal level, and “we need to maintain it”.
He said 24,000 brooms a day in Auckland were 50 per cent higher than the previous day’s record.
Yesterday, health officials were able to reconcile the current state of the Delta’s diversity in the country. Traveler from New South Wales. He was taken to Middlemore Hospital earlier this week.
Vaccination clinics have resumed operations. After a day’s break, the Alert Level 4 protocol is in place, but an Auckland clinic says it is now doing half the number of vaccinations that preceded the lockdown.