Cases with no link to other cases would be cause for concern and may see a move back up alert levels, he said. 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. Auckland will move to Level 2 at 11.59pm on Sunday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced. Hipkins said testing was the last line of defence and the protective measures, including PPE and physical distancing, were also important. "Are you absolutely sure we have no holes in our border?" Asked how long it might have to remain in place, Bloomfield advised it should be kept in place to keep Covid-19 out of the community. The Elemental Auckland festival is already underway and will continue at level 1. Lower risk workers will be tested fortnightly, and workers on the periphery will be tested monthly. 38.4k members in the auckland community. The only domestic flights leaving from the international terminal were chartered flights for overseas returnees. "There has only been one case in the past two weeks and only five people from the cluster are yet to recover.". At Alert Level 1, there is still a risk of COVID-19 returning to the community. Bloomfield said the current outbreak was the largest cluster and it had a long tail. Auckland will move down to alert level two on Wednesday night. 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. There might be times when workers didn't have to wear masks, such as if a worker was having their morning tea, but in general they all wore masks if there were customers about. It has been nine days since the last reported community case. Typically you get one or two more cycles of test results.". 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. Not requiring children under 12 to wear masks was based on advice from the World Health Organisation, Hipkins said. The ones who weren't tested were either on leave or not at a facility during that time period. The rest of the country is on Level 2, and Ms Ardern said both would be extended. A more regular presence at the ports was being worked on, he added. 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. "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. Press J to jump to the feed. 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 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. Putting positive cases and their families into quarantine was helpful because most transmission happened within households. Bloomfield said several options were put forward, but the preferred option was the one that Cabinet adopted. New Zealand Auckland alert level eases but would a switch to level 1 benefit NZ? The director general said there was no advice to have 700,000 people in south and west Auckland to be tested. Auckland could eventually move to alert level 1 without the "complete elimination" of Covid-19, Health Minister Chris Hipkins has told MPs. The rest of the country will be in alert level 1 from midnight tonight. 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. "We were quite comfortable that everybody would be at alert level 2 with a few extra protections for Auckland," Hipkins said. The rest of the country will move down to alert level one from midnight tonight. Epidemiologist Michael Baker agreed there is a high likelihood the virus has been eliminated. This means Auckland Transport (AT) services are largely returning to normal operations. Workers were also checked for symptoms daily, he said. Cabinet has confirmed that Auckland will join the rest of New Zealand at alert level 1 on Wednesday, 7 October, Ardern says. Rest of country to move to Level 2 from midday Wednesday, Auckland to Level 3, as four coronavirus cases confirmed in community. Auckland Transport services are largely returning to normal operations as the region moves to Alert Level 1 on Wednesday October 7 at 11.59pm. We are always looking for ways to make them lower.". The words should have said people in those areas at risk of worse outcomes should get a test. 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. The first step will be moving Auckland to a full level 2. Reti has been asking questions of the Government about the voluntary day three testing of overseas arrivals, and is likely to bring that up this morning. Bloomfield said airport workers who were customer-facing and port workers going out to ships were higher risk. Updated. Auckland is shifting down to full alert level two arrangements from 11:59pm on Wednesday night, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed. Additional mental health support for schools is being looked at, he said. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed Auckland will move to alert level 1 this week. 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. Contact-tracing information was also vital, including those cases where there is no clear epidemiological link. Auckland will join the rest of New Zealand at Alert Level 1 on Wednesday night, Jacinda Ardern has announced. Cabinet agrees to move Auckland to level 2 and rest of New Zealand to level 1 3:38 pm on 21 September 2020 Auckland is to move to level 2, with eased restrictions on gatherings, at 11.59pm on Wednesday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. All MIQ staff are currently being tested for a second time to find clues about the current outbreak. 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. The rest of the country will remain at Alert Level 2. Advice on moving to level 1 was yet to be considered, he added. Informing the public about what was happening was a major contributor to reducing anxiety levels, 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. Reti asked. She says a resurgence in the virus is not her only concern going forward, a resurgence in complacency is also a worry. 34 minutes ago. Ardern says at alert level 3, Treasury estimated the local economy was operating at 80-85 percent. Auckland could eventually move to alert level 1 without the "complete elimination" of Covid-19, Health Minister Chris Hipkins has told MPs. 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. "That will reduce the length of the tail in the case of this particular outbreak.". 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. 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. 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. Can they be lower? There are four “alert levels” in New Zealand, and Auckland has been on Level 3 since Wednesday. 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. "I don't want anyone to think with the move that because we're at level 1 that now means that Covid is absolutely absent from New Zealand, it means there's no sign of it currently, but we need to keep up that vigilance of testing.". Auckland returns to Covid-19 Alert Level 3 lockdown - what you need to know • Source: 1 NEWS Jacinda Ardern has announced Auckland will be returning to Alert Level 3 lockdown. "There's no such thing as having no holes in the border," Hipkins replied, but he added that the protections were as robust as they could be. We encourage you to continue tracking where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help with contact tracing, if required. "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. The Auckland cluster, though, had many unknowns including the source, which still remains unknown. Bloomfield said most of the returnees testing positive in MIQ facilities mostly came from day three tests or after they became symptomatic. I think there'll be an announcement, but tbh going back the Monday after makes more sense. Ardern says at alert level 3, Treasury estimated the local economy was operating at 80-85 percent. Bloomfield said it was a "rapidly evolving" situation, and that created anxiety. 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. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts 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. Bloomfield said the process was set up "quite quickly", and halfway through the lockdown there were 100 people working on the process. Demand for telehealth services tended to spike near D-Days, Hipkins said. Going down – Auckland to move to full alert level 2, rest of NZ to level 1. She says that will be particularly useful at the border, if it were to work. 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. "We all want to avoid further restrictions ... but to stay at level 1 we need to be vigilant," she said. The committee chairwoman, Labour MP Louisa Wall, agreed following NZ First supporting National's request. 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, … 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. "Our ultimate goal is to avoid further level 3 lockdowns as much as we possibly can.". Video, Audio. Ardern is urging people to scan into places they visit when out in the public "and without question, please stay home if you're sick". Auckland University Professor of Medicine Des Gorman talks to Lisa Owen. What do we know about surface transmission of Covid-19? 1.00pm: Auckland to move to level one on Wednesday night. 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. © Video - Newshub; Image - Getty Images Watch the Prime Minister's full alert level announcement. New Zealand is at Alert Level 1. Keep track of where you’ve been and who you've seen. "One or two key words were either left out or changed.". "Things can changed during that time. 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. 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. 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From July 18 to August 24, 11,647 day three tests were done for 12,240 returnees. National has also recently released its Covid border policy, which includes a requirement for overseas arrivals to test negative before being allowed on a flight to New Zealand. Given that, there was no hard and fast rule about when future lockdowns might be used. Neither Hipkins nor Bloomfield could say whether the Rydges hotel maintenance worker was wearing a mask when he used the lift shortly after an infected guest. Auckland will move to alert level 1 on Wednesday at 11.59pm, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced. "I know for many, this one has felt harder, especially for Aucklanders.". "We continued to improve it," he told MPs. Auckland Council Friday 1 January 2021 "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.". View our airport updates and frequently asked questions for more information. He said imposing a lockdown depended on the nature of an outbreak, and the current one required a lockdown given it was in the community, the source was unknown, and events including church services and bus journeys were involved. Hipkins said some families were under "much greater strain than they were pre-Covid", and young people were also "feeling the pressure". Queues at the police checkpoints were reduced as the process was expedited, Bloomfield said. Auckland on Wednesday night joined the rest of New Zealand at COVID-19 alert level 1, the first time the super city hasn't been under coronavirus restrictions since the community outbreak in August. 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". As an essential service, Auckland Airport remains open. 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. The five extra days will provide a greater degree of security that we don’t allow further spread by moving Alert Levels too soon. 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. She says there is now a 95 percent probability of the cluster being eliminated, according to research. "For some people there were some delays and that was not ideal, but we did have to stand up a new process.". Under Alert Level 1 we are complying with Ministry of Health guidelines, and have adopted best practice behaviours outlined by the NZ Events Sector Voluntary Code. Act leader David Seymour asked Hipkins: "Did you think to ask South Islanders would they rather be at level 1 and have no Aucklanders?". Auckland to move to Level 2 from Monday Auckland will move to Level 2 at the end of the weekend and the rest of the country will remain there to permit inter-regional travel, Marc Daalder reports. Ardern said Cabinet met via Zoom today to review Auckland's alert level. If you have questions about your flight, please contact your airline. 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. The source of the current outbreak remains unclear. Cabinet also followed health advice for deciding to keep those settings after the first three days. New Zealand, other than Auckland, will move to Alert Level 1 next Monday, September 21 at 11.59pm, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today. The Government has announced that New Zealand is moving to Alert Level 1 on Wednesday, October 7 at 11:59pm. He said the Government was working with Apple and Google to improve digital contact tracing tools. Port workers weren't being tested as quickly as the airport or MIQ workers, which was why the second round of testing of the port workers was taking longer. In the first round, from August 21 to 27, 97 per cent of MIQ staff were tested and none were positive. 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. 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. 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. Higher risk workers should be tested weekly, he said. "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. Earlier today, Covid-19 modeller Shaun Hendy said his data shows a 95 percent chance we've eliminated the August Auckland cluster from the community. 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Hipkins said each managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) facility had 'hot' and 'cold' zones. He had yet to be asked for advice about moving to level 1. The number who tested positive on day 12 was "small". Hipkins said Cabinet receives advice from a number of departments, including health and Treasury, about 24 to 36 hours before D-Day. A new air border border was still being finalised, he added, to get the risk profile "even lower". After 18 days, Auckland moves out of level 3 lockdown at midnight tonight - to what is essentially level 2.5. National MPs are finally getting their chance this morning to grill director general of health Ashley Bloomfield and Hipkins on the Covid-19 response. 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. Bloomfield was asked about the weekend error on the government's Covid website that suggested everyone in south and west Auckland should get etsted for Covid regardless of whether they had symptoms. That meant the same exemptions didn't necessarily apply from the last time, he said. New Zealand is at Alert Level 1. He said the error was a process issue and is being rectified. 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". As an essential service, Auckland Airport remains open. Auckland could eventually move to alert level 1 without the "complete elimination" of Covid-19, Health Minister Chris Hipkins has told MPs. 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. The pair are appearing before Parliament's health select committee. 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