Covid 19 Response Minister Chris Hopkins says the source of the current Covid 19 community outbreak is still a mystery when a “critical” investigation found that transmission through the public atrium at Crown Plaza was unlikely.
Covid 19 Minister Chris Hopkins and Dr. Ashley Bloomfield gave a media briefing on the latest case numbers and the rollout of vaccines.
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Giving an update on the possibility of a link to the current outbreak from the Crowne Plaza MIQ facility in central Auckland, Hopkins said the facility has been the subject of extensive research.
“The exact transmission sequence cannot be determined from the MIQ returnee.”
The audit has confirmed that the ventilation procedures in the Crown Plaza meet the relevant infection prevention and control standards.
Hopkins said there was less than a 1% chance it came through someone standing in the lobby, and there was no reason to close the atrium.
An investigation by the Auckland Regional Public Health Service concluded that transmission was “extremely unlikely” to any member of the public traveling through the atrium.
Hopkins said work has been done to seal the walkway from the Crown Plaza Hotel and changes to operating procedures.
Crown Plaza will reopen tomorrow as a facility for administrative isolation.
He also said that consideration was being given to how visitors are treated and how movement within the facility is regulated, but the government was satisfied that Crown Plaza would accept returnees. can do.
“The risk will never be zero, but we believe the experts say it’s non-existent – the hotel has served us well.”
Hopkins also said it was important for New Zealanders to record where they were going under Alert Level 2.
“It is the responsibility of businesses to keep and maintain records. Please make it easy for them.”
Hopkins also said that more than 4 million doses of the Covid 19 vaccine have been given – a new milestone. That means 2.6 million New Zealanders have received their first dose, including 366,000 who took their shots last week.
Dr. Bloomfield made the announcement yesterday. There were 21 new community cases., 20 cases for three consecutive days.
Auckland Alert Level 4 is on lockdown while the rest of the country has gone to Alert Level 2 today, although there are some strict restrictions, including an increase in the use of masks. Mandatory scanning In response to a higher risk of infection with the Delta variety.