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19 Lockdown Day 14: How It Happened.

As the rest of the country outside Auckland and Northland prepares to lower the warning level at midnight, the further decline in the affairs of the Covid 19 community today adds to the optimism that the Autorva Delta is at the peak of its spread.

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Ministry of Health 49 new infections announced., All over Auckland, bringing the total number of cases to 612.

“Of yesterday’s cases, only 23% are considered contagious in the community,” Director of Health Ashley Bloomfield said this afternoon.

Bloomfield Delta was less optimistic about finding the original source of the variety outbreak. Recognize today that health officials will never find it..

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she wanted “the epidemic to be as short as possible.”

“Every day is another step for me, a little bit of progress, but I want to see a steady decline … we have a long way to go.”

The prison officer was impressed.

In a worrying development, however, Bloomfield confirmed a staff member. The Springfield Reform Facility was a positive experience. The man was linked to Coved 19 and 23 other employees. Everyone was isolating themselves.

About 120 people were in contact with the correctional officer at the Waikato facility. The prisoners were being examined. The officer was fully vaccinated and was asymptomatic.

Reform Minister Calvin Davis said the affected officer had done the right thing, and there were plans to deal with the situation.

“The man, who was fully vaccinated, did the right thing after realizing he had visited a place of interest,” he said. I want to thank them for their vigilance. “

Checkpoints are being set up.

As it continues to rain this evening, police are setting up checkpoints in southern Auckland to prepare for a Level 3 alert change outside of Northland and Auckland.

Superintendent of Police. Checkpoint police will try to educate people, Gray said., But will not be lenient with those who deliberately break the rules.

“We don’t want to move towards enforcing people who are trying to cross borders, but obviously, if it’s very clear, then maybe we need to go that route. But our initial point is people. Must be educated. “

Officers are setting up a southern checkpoint at SH1 / Mercer of Ramp (Southbound Traffic). SH1 / Oram Rd (Northbound Traffic) Mangtawheri Rd / SH2 East Coast Rd (Vehrao Regional Park) SH22 / Pukekawa-Churchill Rd and Logan Rd.

They plan to run all checkpoints, stop vehicles and question drivers by 11pm tonight.

Northland will continue to operate three checkpoints at the southern entrance to the region at the SH12 intersection. Mountain Road, Kiwaka and Koo Road, via Bram Tail Road.

Meanwhile, the police Agreed to set up two static checkpoints. Officers tracked the movement of vehicles through the Nagtipur Road after closing an illegal hippie-led checkpoint at Ti Ararawa on the east coast.

“No shortage of vaccines”

Before today, Ordner said. Morning report. Vaccines were not running out in the country.

“It’s just a question – given this time, we’re getting a huge number of people – can we meet that increase when we have limited supply?” He said.

“We’ve got 840,000 meals in the country and about 500,000 are administered on a weekly basis. We planned and we had enough supplies for 350,000 a week.”

Arden said the government was “working hard to increase supply” and would discuss the situation further over the weekend.

Auckland should make vaccination a priority – Goff.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said his city needs to prioritize vaccine efforts.

He told Morning report. That, as the gateway city to the rest of the world, Auckland was the most endangered and needed the most effort.

“You prefer vaccinations where the risk is highest and it’s easy to see where the risk is at the moment.

“We’ve got the majority of quarantine facilities in Auckland, so we’re already on high alert for the last 18 months, compared to other areas, and we’ll do it again.”

About 25,000 people in the city are being vaccinated daily, Goff said.

Low dose of vaccine.

As vaccine efforts continue today, a couple who may have been injected with saline or low doses instead of the Pfizer vaccine said they do not yet know if they need a booster shot.He was running away from health officials..

The RNZ revealed last week that the Ministry of Health could not rule out that five people at Auckland’s Highbrook Vaccination Clinic would have been given less or no food on July 12.

After the story broke, Bloomfield said all 732 people vaccinated that day would be contacted within 24 hours.

Benist received an e-mail within a day of the news breaking about possible mixing, but five days later, Grace heard nothing.

He said that the health officials were advising him to dial 0800 but now he is being ‘fobbed off’ again and again.

Parliament sat.

Judith Collins at the time of the first question and in the House Alert Level 4 lockdown in the House Debating Chamber.

Image: Pool / Robert Kitchen / Stuff.

As MPs travel to open parliament again today, Ardern expressed disappointment at the decision. Opposition parties’ rejection of online parliamentary session as a safe alternative.

“It’s a disappointment that we couldn’t be as active as the rest of New Zealand,” he said.

“Our view was that going to the online forum would give opposition MPs access to members of parliament across the country.”

Covid 19’s response minister, Chris Hopkins, was asked how many people in the MIQ were waiting to be transported, as MPs distanced themselves socially at the time of the question.

Hopkins said he received an update this morning that between 50 and 60 people were waiting to be transported, and that a break in the MIQ process was being reviewed. He was transferred to MIQ within 48 hours of extensive positive testing, he said.

The government spends 1. 1.25 billion on aid payments.

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Finance Minister Grant Robertson.
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As Auckland’s businesses face an extension of the lockdown, there are calls for increased government support today.

Businesses already get a one-time subsidy to help with overheads, such as rent. Since the lockdown began, the government has paid 1. 1.25 billion in wage subsidies and rehabilitated Coved 19.

Michael Barnett, head of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, said: From nine to noon. A petition calling on the government to increase its support collected more than 15,000 signatures from businesses in six hours.

During questioning in Parliament, Finance Minister Grant Robertson said 87 876 million had been paid from the wage subsidy scheme since August 18.

To date, Rehabilitation Support Payments has paid 37 378 million, including 122,231 applications.

“In addition, about ایک 1 million has been spent to cover the holiday support scheme and short-term absenteeism payments.”

Robertson said the payments are estimated to cost the schemes ڈالر 2 billion in two weeks.

Businesses prepare for level 3.

Meanwhile, many businesses across the country are preparing, waiting to return to work tomorrow.

Wellington’s restaurants and cafes are ready for contactless takeaways and deliveries today, but health restrictions mean they have low expectations.

19 protesters arrested

Police 19 people were arrested in small protests against the lockdown. Outside government and local council buildings across the country this morning.

In the North, two people were arrested, one outside the Kikohi and Wangori council buildings. The Wangori protester was later released and a violation notice was issued.

In Auckland, four people were arrested in a small protest outside Government House in Epsom. Two notices of violation were also issued.

Waikato police arrested three people for failing to comply with a health order after responding to a group of protesters in Hamilton’s Civic Square.

Bay of Plenty police arrested six people after a rally outside the Turanga City Council building.

Another small gathering was reported in Tapa, with one arrest.

Central District Police responded to small groups of protesters outside council buildings in New Plymouth, Wanganui and Manawati. Two people were arrested during the Wanganui protest.

In Christchurch, a man was arrested after protesting outside the council building.

“Police are less tolerant of anyone who deliberately ignores restrictions in the current context. Today’s arrests reflect that,” said Police Commissioner Andrew Coaster.

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