Seven Auckland suburbs will be the focus of testing and contact tracking this week as health officials try to unravel the mystery cove cases that could put the city at level 4.
The government says it will not make a decision on the city’s alert level until all information about it is available to the cabinet today, but most experts expect a level 3 action. Will not happen
Health officials are searching for the virus in Mount Eden, Macy’s, Mangira, Fiona, Papatoto, Atara and Manoriva.
This was where they had the most concerns about the 34 cases that were unknown to existing clusters.
Auckland Council for Manukau, Philippines has four suburbs.
“People were nervous,” he said.
“They are feeling uneasy because we have been in lockdown since August 17,” he said.
“People want to do what they want to do to get out of level 4,” he said.
He supported increased testing – and wanted more vaccinations.
Health officials were already monitoring the situation – when people get sick, they look for the virus in asymptomatic people instead of waiting.
Last week they were at essential workplaces, including the Countdown Distribution Center and its two large warehouses for online delivery.
Colin Tokyotonga, a public health lecturer at the University of Auckland, said testing should also include supermarket customers in areas of interest as it is a place where many people go on alert level 4.
There was a constant check of the border and health staff, as well as new checks for those crossing the city limits for work.
Dr Ashley Bloomfield, director general of health, said there was no evidence of widespread community transmission in Auckland.
But Dr. Tokyotonga said the city now faces a “classic long tail” of coyote, where case numbers could take a long time to run out, and leaps and bounds.
“The worst case scenario is that we are missing clusters or sub-clusters somewhere,” he said.
He was worried about it. Matters that never reached Middle Moore Hospital. During the last week – although some of them were linked to existing clusters.
“If all goes well, all the mysterious issues can be solved in just a few days, and more aggressive contact tracing is needed to overcome them,” he said.
Auckland’s epidemiologist Rod Jackson said the delta was an additional challenge for different types of tracers as people became more contagious.
“They run to find your contacts before they become contagious because as soon as they become contagious it can go crazy,” he said.
He said that in addition to focusing on the epidemic, the city and the rest of the country must be prepared for the next one.
That meant vaccination.
There was a big push in Auckland, from Friday to Sunday about 74 74,000 people were vaccinated, thousands of them by drive.
But Professor Jackson wanted more to come – with 24-hour vaccination centers and weekly pop-ups at all major workplaces.
Councilor A. Philippines agreed that everyone should have the right to choose, including going to people’s homes or setting up neighborhood centers.