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New Zealand will be staying under Covid-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions until at least midnight on Friday, August 27. In addition, Auckland will remain in lockdown until midnight on Tuesday, August 31.
Reviews will take place in the coming Thursday this week and Monday next week regarding changes to Alert Level settings.
The announcement was made following today's post-cabinet press briefing conference with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield.
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“On that basis, Cabinet has decided that all of New Zealand will remain at [Alert Level 4] for an additional four days until 11.59pm Friday. This will allow us to have additional data and assurance as to whether the virus has spread from our existing sites and how contained it is likely to be,” she said.
“We will be looking to see if any new cases emerge outside of Auckland. Whether wastewater results stay negative, and if cases do emerge in other parts of the country, whether or not they are cases that are already in isolation.”
“Auckland will continue to be the primary source of cases. Here we believe we know enough to say that your time in [Alert Level 4] needs to be the full fourteen-day cycle that we've used in the past, so Cabinet has decided to give the city that certainty. Auckland will remain in [Alert Level 4] until 11.59pm on Tuesday.”
People are asked only to leave their homes to get groceries,o access healthcare, get a Covid-19 test or exercise.
Essential workers doing essential work can go out to their place of work if they cannot do it from home.
Follow the Government's advice at their Unite Against Covid-19 resource website for more information about Alert Level 4 rules and restrictions.
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