Auckland will remain in a Level 4 lockdown for a week as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the country has not yet eradicated the epidemic.
But the government has decided in principle to move the country’s largest city to Alert Level 3 on Tuesday, September 21 at 11.59 pm.
The rest of the country will remain on alert level 2 at least to this point.
He said the lockdown has not yet sealed the virus.
* Covid 19: 13 new cases of Delta community outbreak, a total of 868.
* Cove 19: Two dozen ‘mystery’ delta cases put Auckland on alert level 4.
* Cove 19: 21 new community cases in Delta epidemic, total 841
“It simply came to our notice then. But as you have seen in the last few days, we have not completed the work yet, “said Ordner.
The government is particularly concerned with a handful of 17 mysterious or unrelated cases over the past two weeks, Ordner said.
These issues were raised through surveillance, not contact tracing, meaning the government did not know where the cases came from.
However, the virus was not widespread in Auckland, Arden said.
“It’s also clear that there is no widespread transmission of the virus in Auckland,” Ordner said.
Ashley Bloomfield, director general of health, said it was important that an extra week was “used” in the community to find the missing infection of Covid 19.
“Another week in Auckland is off at Alert Level Four, which gives us the perfect opportunity to finish work here,” Bloomfield said.
“I have a high level of confidence that we will revolve around this epidemic, and of course the advice we received from the public health team was that Tuesday was a date they believe It will be safe for us to move. “
Ordner warns that jumping up and down numbers is not necessary as Level 4 is not working, as many people will have the 12th Test which was already isolated.
“It’s not a sign that what we’re doing isn’t working. It just means the delta is tight, and that’s why it’s hard,” Ardern said.
“We need to remember that we still know where the majority of our cases are coming from. This is a simple and important reminder because it is an indication of the general control we have with this epidemic.
“Our general direction is positive, and our goals are the same: defeat the virus, get out of these heavy restrictions, get vaccinated.”
New Mystery Cases suggest that the “edge” of the epidemic has not been caught at all, said Coved 19 modeler Sean Handy.
“The fact that we’re still on the sidelines before we’re on the sidelines means that the cabinet probably won’t take us back to Alert Level 3.”