Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today confirmed that the government is close to getting additional vaccines, as businesses and organizations outside Auckland are preparing for Level 2.
Twenty-one new community cases. Announced today. They are all in Auckland and an additional case is yet to be determined by the border or community case.
Director-General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield said there are now a total of 841 cases of the epidemic, of which 147 have been cured.
He said that the total number of unrelated cases has come down from 33 yesterday to 24 today.
Some 7,255 tests were performed in labs yesterday, with about 5,800 in Metropolitan Auckland.
The government is finalizing additional vaccine arrangements.
“The government is in the final stages,” Arden told a news conference at 1 p.m. Arrange for additional supply of Pfizer vaccine.
They will complement the existing stock of 682,000. Officials planned to provide 350,000 doses each week, but the recent increase in vaccinations has pushed demand to more than a million.
He said that these intensive talks have been going on behind the scenes for the last few weeks.
“As a result of these efforts, we are now finalizing arrangements to secure additional supplies in September. This will enable us to maintain an unusual rate of vaccination during September until October.” We don’t have big deliveries. “
“It will be enough to help our Pacific neighbors,” Arden said.
Meanwhile, Cover 19 researcher Ravi Tonoi said. Clinics that are thought to prefer Maori and Pacifica are in the “swamp” by Pakia.
Testing of saliva intensified.
Bloomfield said wholesale testing is being stepped up, and an agreement with an additional supplier is being finalized.
“It’s a bucket in a cup instead of a nasopharyngeal broom … there is no capacity constraint with our current supplier delivering it across the border. [workforce]However, we are only finalizing an agreement with an additional supplier … for those who will be crossing the Auckland boundaries and the next few of these employers in the Auckland Region will be supervised if needed. Help with some of the other tests. Two weeks. “
More than 830 border guards have now signed up for the wholesale check, and it will be available to more people over time, he said.
Ardern dismissed the notion that the Ministry of Health had dragged its feet on the saliva test when he was questioned. Morning report.
However, a senior epidemiologist based in the United States said that the order was. Poor advice was given on this issue..
Yale researcher Dr Anne Willie, from New Zealand, has criticized the government for months-long delays in using saliva testing to control the spread of Covid 19.
Rapid and less invasive tests have been widely used abroad for over a year.
But the Ministry of Health has set up a PCR with nasal swabs, which take longer to achieve results and therefore slow down the detection of the epidemic.
Frustration with Auckland Border Testing
All required workers crossing the Auckland border are now required to undergo the Covid 19 test every seven days.
Nick Leggett, chief executive of the Road Transport Forum, said. Morning report. Will take action Remove necessary workers from the road. And that could mean that significant freight was not delivered.
“Many truck drivers work overnight,” he said, adding that they may need to be tested when they are tired and asleep.
Ardern defended the policy]”This is the price of a country with more freedom for us,” he said, adding that while it has an additional need for workers who already have the means to cross the border.
He said he was working with the industry to make it as easy as possible.
Some companies were already using bulk testing to monitor staff, but Order said the government was looking to contract with specific suppliers to help with the flow of testing.
He said the seven-day inspection was a step that would help build confidence that matters were not being moved out of the city.
Areas outside of Auckland are ready for the new Level 2.
Areas outside of Auckland are working on ‘Delta 2’ and the new rules that come with it. The largest city in all of New Zealand went to Level 2 tonight at 11.59pm.
The National Party says The government has done business indiscriminately. Its new Level 2 rules and the government had plenty of time to signal changes.
Businesses have struggled to adapt to the way they operate.
A spokesman for Air New Zealand said the Coro Lounge would have a capacity of 50 people, and passengers would be asked to wear masks at the terminal.
Passengers will still be able to transit through Auckland, Lane Geragette said.
Staff will also be required to wear masks throughout the terminal.
Theaters will have a maximum of 50 people, and staff and patrons will need to wear their masks, said Kelly Rogers, owner of the Monterey Cinema.
Non-contactless ticket sales, mandatory scanning and additional staff will be on duty to ensure that everyone follows the rules – including staying in their allotted seats.
Paul Anderson, chief executive of NZSki, said access to each ski field would be a scanning gateway on the road where guests would be asked to sign up using the tracer app on the way up.
Anderson said the restrictions would limit the capacity of his cafes and restaurants to 50 people per indoor area.
Meanwhile, Wellington is returning to another service tomorrow at a Plate Festival.
It was disrupted halfway through when the country moved to Level 4 and then changed to a directory of businesses operating at Level 3.
School leaders have expressed confusion over the new rules.
The Federation of Principals is asking why masks are needed indoors in public places but are optional in schools, while Van Coolett, of the Secondary Principals Association, said the dismissal was a recommendation rather than a necessity.
“While both staff and students often use masks in the first days or weeks, it fades quickly,” he said. He said instructions would be issued, but questions remained.
Wage subsidies are still available for all New Zealanders.
Arden made it clear today that all New Zealand businesses are eligible for wage subsidies as long as any part of the country remains at level 4.
For example, this means that businesses may apply in Queen Town while Auckland is in lockdown.
Level 2 businesses will still be eligible if they can show that their business is 50% less, he said.