Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed Auckland will move to alert level 1 this week. Contact-tracing information was also vital, including those cases where there is no clear epidemiological link. Ardern says at alert level 3, Treasury estimated the local economy was operating at 80-85 percent. The Ministry of Health has identified a rubbish bin as the probable source of a recent Covid-19 case - a similar event to the case of a worker in Auckland who was infected by a lift button. Hipkins said there was a two-week standown period for international air crew when they came home, and they were also tested. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts She says that will be particularly useful at the border, if it were to work. There are four “alert levels” in New Zealand, and Auckland has been on Level 3 since Wednesday. Mask-wearing was not as culturally comon as it was in places like Taiwan, but he hoped people would still wear masks in some circumstances at level 1. Demand for telehealth services tended to spike near D-Days, Hipkins said. Advice on moving to level 1 was yet to be considered, he added. Bloomfield added that the number of cases yesterday was higher, but they were all connected to the current Auckland cluster so they were not as concerning as unconnected cases. Hipkins said 350 close contacts can be contacted a day, and that can be scaled up to 500 with "reasonably short notice", and even further to 1000, which was the recommendation in Ayesha Verrall's report. Lower risk workers will be tested fortnightly, and workers on the periphery will be tested monthly. That meant if the South Island was at level 1 and Aucklanders could travel to a large social gathering in the South Island that would "defeat the purpose" of the different alert level settings. National MP Shane Reti asked why the South Island was still at alert level 2, and Hipkins said there was reasonably free movement, including direct flights from Auckland to Queenstown. A new air border border was still being finalised, he added, to get the risk profile "even lower". Video, Audio. Auckland University Professor of Medicine Des Gorman talks to Lisa Owen. At Alert Level 1, there is still a risk of COVID-19 returning to the community. Auckland could eventually move to alert level 1 without the "complete elimination" of Covid-19, Health Minister Chris Hipkins has told MPs. Please see the Government COVID-19 website for more information.. You legally must wear a face covering when you’re travelling to, from or through Auckland on public transport. The only domestic flights leaving from the international terminal were chartered flights for overseas returnees. Auckland is shifting down to full alert level two arrangements from 11:59pm on Wednesday night, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed. However, the Prime Minister urged Kiwis to continue using the COVID tracer app and to stay vigilant to COVID-19 symptoms. New Zealand Auckland alert level eases but would a switch to level 1 benefit NZ? Not requiring children under 12 to wear masks was based on advice from the World Health Organisation, Hipkins said. Act leader David Seymour asked Hipkins: "Did you think to ask South Islanders would they rather be at level 1 and have no Aucklanders?". The ones who weren't tested were either on leave or not at a facility during that time period. When Parliament's dissolution was pushed out following the new election date of October 17, National's health spokesman Shane Reti asked for the select committee to reconvene so the party MPs had an opportunity to ask questions of Bloomfield. The Ministry of Health had a very different testing strategy to the one signed off by Cabinet, and Heather Simpson and Sir Brian Roche have now been brought in to ensure the strategy is being properly rolled out. Home Media Chamber Media Releases If we are going to level one – go immediately Friday, 2 nd October, 2020 Government can help give Auckland a new head of steam immediately if the decision is made to shift to Level One and join the rest of the New Zealand by doing the paperwork now to reignite the economy, says Auckland Business Chamber CEO, Michael Barnett. Bloomfield said airport workers who were customer-facing and port workers going out to ships were higher risk. The first step will be moving Auckland to a full level 2. The five extra days will provide a greater degree of security that we don’t allow further spread by moving Alert Levels too soon. Hipkins told committee MPs that Cabinet had followed Bloomfield's health advice for the latest outbreak, which was for Auckland to go into alert level 3 and the rest of the country to go into alert level 2. The Code gives clear direction for venues to encourage customers to stay at home if they feel unwell, and makes the reallocation of tickets, or where necessary, ticket refunds for unwell patrons a priority. The rest of the country will be in alert level 1 from midnight tonight. That meant the same exemptions didn't necessarily apply from the last time, he said. Keep track of where you’ve been and who you've seen. She says there were 179 cases attached to the cluster but that there has been no new cases within that cluster for 10 days now. "For some people there were some delays and that was not ideal, but we did have to stand up a new process.". Asked about exemptions for travel in and out of Auckland at level 3, Hipkins said it was the first time there were different alert level settings for different regions. Queues at the police checkpoints were reduced as the process was expedited, Bloomfield said. The source of the current outbreak remains unclear. In the first round, from August 21 to 27, 97 per cent of MIQ staff were tested and none were positive. Decision to move Auckland to level 1 due today 5 Oct 2020 Today the government will decide whether Auckland moves to alert level 1 at 11.59pm on Wednesday and, while experts say it's safe to do so, they hope people will remain vigilant to keep the virus out. New Zealand, other than Auckland, will move to Alert Level 1 next Monday, September 21 at 11.59pm, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today. Press J to jump to the feed. New Zealand is at Alert Level 1. This means gatherings of 100 people will be permitted in Auckland, an increase from the current restriction of just 10. On August 24, Bloomfield advised that Auckland could move to alert level 2 with additional measures in place, including the 10-person restriction on social gatherings and mandatory masks on public transport. "That will reduce the length of the tail in the case of this particular outbreak.". No new cases of … Hipkins said testing was the last line of defence and the protective measures, including PPE and physical distancing, were also important. He had yet to be asked for advice about moving to level 1. Auckland will move to Level 2 at 11.59pm on Sunday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced. New Zealand will remain at the existing Alert Levels until Sunday Auckland will stay at Alert Level 3 until 11:59pm on 30 August 2020. She says there is now a 95 percent probability of the cluster being eliminated, according to research. Auckland Artweek will run from October 10-18. Hipkins said the maintenance worker at the Rydges Hotel, who was isolated and close contacts tested, was quickly contained, and if that had been the only case, a lockdown would not have been necessary. It has been nine days since the last reported community case. The Government has announced that New Zealand is moving to Alert Level 1 on Wednesday, October 7 at 11:59pm. She says a resurgence in the virus is not her only concern going forward, a resurgence in complacency is also a worry. The committee chairwoman, Labour MP Louisa Wall, agreed following NZ First supporting National's request. 1.00pm: Auckland to move to level one on Wednesday night. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is holding a press conference in Christchurch today at 1pm to reveal Cabinet's decision. The number who tested positive on day 12 was "small". Bloomfield said the 14-day period in isolation, in addition to testing on around day three and day 12, was the best approach -"not zero risk" - and meant the likelihood of someone taking Covid-19 from MIQ into the community was "very, very low". The Government’s decision to bring Auckland down to Alert Level 2 and the rest of the country to Alert Level 1 was both highly anticipated and very welcomed across the industry. If you have questions about your flight, please contact your airline. The rest of the country is on Level 2, and Ms Ardern said both would be extended. Additional mental health support for schools is being looked at, he said. 38.4k members in the auckland community. Auckland will join the rest of New Zealand at Alert Level 1 on Wednesday night, Jacinda Ardern has announced. PPE was needed for hot zones and there were clear protocols for how to move between zones, including supervision for putting on and taking off PPE. Bloomfield said most of the returnees testing positive in MIQ facilities mostly came from day three tests or after they became symptomatic. Minister for Managed Isolation and Quarantine Megan Woods said the day three test was only one line of defence and the fact there had been no proven transmission outbreak from an MIQ facility showed the system was working. "The shipping port is the most complex of all of those operations ... we're working through that process.". Reti will also ask about why the border-facing workers weren't being regularly tested, even though that was clearly stated as the Government's testing strategy in June. Bloomfield said it was a "rapidly evolving" situation, and that created anxiety. 34 minutes ago. Auckland would remain at Level 2 for 14 days, with Cabinet reviewing the situation on October 5 with a mind to moving the city to Level 1 on October 7, provided circumstances allowed. National MP Gerry Brownlee said that reinforced the view that day three testing should be compulsory, but Bloomfield said only people who tested positive hadn't had a day three test, which showed overall the system was working well. Not even Covid-19 has put a stop to runaway house prices - with first home buyers spending up to $200,000 more than expected for their first home. Ardern said New Zealanders needed to remain vigilant, with a Ministry of Health analysis suggesting the country currently had a 50/50 chance of again eliminating Covid-19 by the end of the month. "Do not assume that if you live outside of a centre that we don't want you to get tested, we still do," Ardern says to those who feel sick but don't live in metropolitan areas. Auckland Council Friday 1 January 2021 As an essential service, Auckland Airport remains open. Going down – Auckland to move to full alert level 2, rest of NZ to level 1. Hipkins said Cabinet receives advice from a number of departments, including health and Treasury, about 24 to 36 hours before D-Day. There were thousands of port workers with several different employers, and different types of workers including drivers who didn't come into contact with cargo. Reti asked. A more regular presence at the ports was being worked on, he added. "There were a set of different processes required there, and whenever you do that it's always going to take a wee while to get that up to speed.". "Everywhere I go Covid is at the top of people's minds," Ardern said on her recent travels around the country during her election campaign. Ardern says Cabinet met via Zoom to review the Auckland's alert level and that all signs point to the city's cluster being under control. Ardern said Cabinet met via Zoom today to review Auckland's alert level. Some reasons for not being tested include being a child under six months old, refusing a test, or having a medical condition that didn't allow a test. © Video - Newshub; Image - Getty Images Watch the Prime Minister's full alert level announcement. Auckland could eventually move to alert level 1 without the "complete elimination" of Covid-19, Health Minister Chris Hipkins has told MPs. She says ESR is looking at whether spit testing could be a possible testing option going forward, but she wants to make sure it has the same reliability as the current testing. New Zealand prime minister Ardern says a full return to normal at border depends on a COVID-19 vaccine but says COVID-19 restrictions in Auckland to move to alert level 2. "Are you absolutely sure we have no holes in our border?" He said the error was a process issue and is being rectified. "Our ultimate goal is to avoid further level 3 lockdowns as much as we possibly can.". New Zealand is at Alert Level 1. View our airport updates and frequently asked questions for more information. The Auckland cluster, though, had many unknowns including the source, which still remains unknown. Hipkins said at the end of the week a schedule will be released of how often border-facing workers - including airport staff and port workers - will be tested. As an essential service, Auckland Airport remains open. Cabinet also followed health advice for deciding to keep those settings after the first three days. The Government has decided to extend alert level 2.5 in Auckland and to also keep the rest of the country at alert level 2. The Elemental Auckland festival is already underway and will continue at level 1. Hipkins said the country could move to level 1 while there were still cases in the community, and there didn't need to be "complete elimination". October 2, 2020 Business, PressRelease Comments Off on If We Are Going To Level One – Go Immediately Press Release – Auckland Business Chamber Government can help give Auckland a new head of steam immediately if the decision is made to shift to Level One and join the rest of the New Zealand by doing the paperwork now to reignite the economy, says Auckland Business Chamber CEO, … "We were quite comfortable that everybody would be at alert level 2 with a few extra protections for Auckland," Hipkins said. National MPs are finally getting their chance this morning to grill director general of health Ashley Bloomfield and Hipkins on the Covid-19 response. "There has only been one case in the past two weeks and only five people from the cluster are yet to recover.". Cabinet has confirmed that Auckland will join the rest of New Zealand at alert level 1 on Wednesday, 7 October, Ardern says. The words should have said people in those areas at risk of worse outcomes should get a test. 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