NZ PM Ardern: Will review Auckland virus restrictions September 21st

RNZ: Richard Tindiller

RNZ: Richard Tindiller

The coronavirus outbreak has claimed 24 lives in New Zealand.

As reported yesterday, the case of a health care worker from the Auckland quarantine facility has been genomically linked to the Auckland cluster. As a household contact of a confirmed case, the child had already been self-isolating since August 30.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who is facing a general election on October 17, scaled back the restrictions earlier this month, but the city is still under alert level 2.5, meaning social gatherings of more than 10 people are not allowed. All three are now at the Ibis Hotel in Rotorua.

"Not because they are against the Government's Covid-19 response, but because they have applied their own "common sense" test to their risk of exposure to the virus".

Ardern, speaking from Dunedin after a virtual Cabinet meeting on Monday, said the aim was to move "speedily down" alert levels, but the director-general of health had advised a short extension of current restrictions.

They have been in managed isolation at the Ibis Hotel in Rotorua, according to the Ministry.

Today, there are four people in hospital with COVID-19 - one is in isolation on a ward in Auckland City Hospital, and one is in isolation on a ward in Middlemore.

There were 4402 tests conducted yesterday, and all but seven of the 3779 close contacts identified for the current outbreak have been reached and are self-isolating.

Contacts from the gym classes the case attended are being assessed by Auckland Regional Public Health staff. Now, after the arrival of three people from Dubai to New Zealand, the covid test positive was stirred.

Mask wearing has been encouraged in Auckland since the city went into level 3. Two cases are in the ICU at North Shore Hospital and Waikato Hospital.

With Tuesday's three new cases and 16 additional recovered cases, the country's total number of active cases is 83. Of those, 39 are imported cases in managed isolation facilities, and 57 are community cases, the statement said.

Yesterday, laboratories processed 4402 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 872,444.

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