No new community cases as Auckland moves to Lockdown Level 3

Wellington, February 28, 2021

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern briefing the media today (RNZ Screenshot)

There are no new community cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand today, but Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is still urging people to stay home and for anyone with symptoms to immediately get tested.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield told a media conference that he was confident that Level 3 was appropriate at this point in time, as long as everyone did what is required at Level 3, such as having as little human contact as possible.

Ms Ardern urged people to stay home, and those with symptoms to get tested straight away.

“Covid kills people. We must never lose sight of the reasons we take these measures – it is to save our people’s lives and our livelihoods,” she said.

Exposures and Alert Level

Ms Ardern said that Auckland had to be moved to Alert Level 3 because of exposures and that regular checks are being done to ensure that those who have been asked to stay at home, are complying with the requirement.

Police will get involved if people breach the rules of self-isolation.

Those affected are in daily telephone contact, and if they cannot be contacted, door-to-door visits may be considered, she said.

Financial Support

Ms Ardern asked employers to make sure that those who need to be isolating do not come to work and that financial help is available. The wage subsidy is available nationwide through this period.

“Despite our best efforts to date, recent cases have gone to work when they should not have done so,” she said.

Auckland moved back to Alert Level 3 this morning, while the rest of the country moved to Alert Level 2 following two new Covid-19 community cases that could not be directly linked to earlier cases.

Ms Ardern made the announcement at a briefing at 9pm last night saying that the alert level changes would come in from 6am today and would be in place for seven days.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield briefing the media today (RNZ Screenshot)

South Auckland cluster

This morning, the government confirmed genomic sequencing showed the latest community case of Covid-19 in Auckland is linked to the South Auckland cluster.

Ms Ardern said this afternoon that New Zealanders will not beat Covid-19 by turning on each other. New Zealanders have enjoyed more freedoms than any other country in the OECD.

Official Announcement

The following is an official government Covid-19 announcement.

From February 28, 2021, the Auckland region moves to Covid-19 Alert Level 3. The rest of New Zealand moves to Alert Level 2. This is for a period of seven days.

Further community cases of Covid-19 have been identified in the Auckland Region.

If you are in Auckland, stay home where possible, and follow Alert Level 3 guidelines. This will stop the transmission of Covid-19 and save lives. For more information on the alert levels go to covid19.govt.nz.

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