Auckland goes to Alert 2 on Sunday, no new community cases

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Wellington, March 5, 2021

Dr Ashley Bloomfield briefing the media (RNZ Picture by Dom Thomas)

Auckland will move to Alert Level 2 and the rest of New Zealand will move to Level 1 at 6am on Sunday morning, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced.

She told the media that the Levels will be reconsidered with a plan to move Auckland down to another Level at the start of the next weekend if possible.

“If you are sick, stay at home, do not go to work or school and do not socialise. Keep track of where you’ve been at all times,” she said.

The restriction of 100 people at events will be in place.

Ms Ardern said that it was good news that there had been no new cases for five days in a row and that the strategy of elimination was best for New Zealand but it did not make it easy.

The Covid Toll

“Covid has taken a toll on so many in so many ways, but it will get better.”

She said an elimination strategy was hard work and it was normal to feel fatigued, but New Zealand was not in the devastating position, in which much of the world stays.

No new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the community or in managed isolation today.

The Ministry of Health said that there was still a strong demand for testing with more than 11,500 tests processed yesterday. Results from wastewater testing at three Auckland sites – including Papatoetoe – on Wednesday have all come back negative.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said that about 6000 people connected to the latest cluster have been contacted, with many of them followed up on a daily basis.

Contact Tracing in South Auckland

He said all outstanding Papatoetoe contacts have returned a negative test.

“It is possible we may still get positive results from people who remain in isolation and are still to get a day 12 tests. It is important to note that these people are in isolation,” he said.

Dr Bloomfield said that under a new Section 70 Order, any person who attended City Fitness Hunters Plaza on February 20, 2021 between 11.15am and 1.45pm, or on February 26, 2021 between 3.25pm and 4.30pm, as well as anyone who is a close, close-plus or casual contacts is required to (a) isolate in their usual home (b) report for testing at a specified time and (c) Accept testing and isolate until they are officially told otherwise

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