Emergency Covid announcement – new cases, alert levels raised

An emergency media conference tonight with an announcement from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield.

There are four new Covid cases, all from one family in South Auckland, with the source of infection currently unknown.

At midday Wednesday Auckland will go into Level 3 lockdown until midnight Friday, which means no businesses can be open except for essential services, and schools closed except for the children of essential workers.

Masks should be worn if in proximity of others such as at the supermarket.

The rest of the country will go into level 2 lockdown over the same period.

The lockdowns are obviously an assessment period and could be changed.

Most of the details here: https://covid19.govt.nz/

New Zealand’s Alert Levels are changing at 12 noon on Wednesday 12 August

New Zealand’s Alert Levels are changing at 12 noon on Wednesday 12 August. Auckland will move to Alert Level 3, and the rest of NZ will move to Alert Level 2.11 Aug 2020

As of 12 noon on Wednesday 12 August, Auckland will move to Alert Level 3. The rest of New Zealand will move to Alert Level 2.

Auckland

Work

Under Alert Level 3, you are encouraged work from home if you can.

Travel and self-isolation

If you are currently in Auckland and do not live in Auckland, we suggest that you go home. Practise good hygiene and be conscious of your health. We recommend that you keep your bubble small.

Businesses

Businesses are able to open, but should not physically interact with customers.

Essential services including healthcare, justice services and businesses providing necessities are able to open.

Bars and restaurants should close, but takeaways are allowed.

Education

Schools in Auckland can safely open but will have limited capacity. Where possible we encourage students to learn from home.

When you’re out and about

Maintain physical distancing of 2 metres outside your home, including on public transport.

It is highly recommended that you wear a mask if you are out and about.

Public transport can continue to operate with strict health and safety requirements. You should maintain physical distancing and wearing a mask.

Public venues should close. This includes libraries, museums, cinemas, food courts, gyms, pools, playgrounds and markets.

Gatherings

Gatherings of up to 10 people can continue, but only for wedding services, funerals and tangihanga. Physical distancing and public health measures should be maintained.

At-risk people

People at high risk of severe illness such as older people and those with existing medical conditions are encouraged to stay at home where possible, and take additional precautions when leaving home.

Further detail

Detailed information about life at Alert Level 3 is available.

Alert System overview

Rest of New Zealand

The rest of New Zealand will move to Alert Level 2 at 12 noon on Wednesday 12 August.

You can still continue to go to work and school, with physical distancing.

Wear masks if you can in public.

No more than 100 people at gatherings, including weddings, birthdays, funerals and tangihanga.

Businesses can open to the public if they are following public health guidance, which include physical distancing and record keeping.

People at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, for example those with underlying medical conditions and old people are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home.

Practice good hygiene – stay home if sick.

Detailed information about life at Alert Level 2 is available.

Alert System overview

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32 Comments

  1. artcroft

     /  11th August 2020

    Sweden’s looking better right now.

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  2. Gerrit

     /  11th August 2020

    Mixed messages regarding the lockdown level. Level 3 we all can go to work with restrictions. Yet Ardern says only essential services can go to work. That is level 4.

    Why cant we be told what businesses the family members were working in?

    Without that transparency we are left to speculate and already our local grapevine is calling out that one family member was a bus driver running incoming travelers from the airport into quarantine.

    Ardern needs to come clean with more information, especially the industries the patients worked in so that fellow workers can isolate themselves plus get tested.

    Lot of waffle spoken and patsy questions answered at the conference but very little substance to better inform the minions.

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    • whalerider3000

       /  12th August 2020

      The individual workplaces and workers are being notified tonight

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  3. BobJ

     /  11th August 2020

    Bugger!

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  4. Tom Hunter

     /  11th August 2020

    Sheep led by donkeys.

    Reply
    • duperez

       /  11th August 2020

      That sounds like a simple easy cliche. What do you actually mean by it?

      Reply
      • Tom Hunter

         /  11th August 2020

        Merely a piece of Black Humour in these dark times. You need to learn how to laugh duperez.

        Hey? How about this one:

        Today we were unlucky, but remember we only have to be lucky once. You will have to be lucky always.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  11th August 2020

        The election just got tighter.

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        • Tom Hunter

           /  11th August 2020

          So have a lot of sphincters in Wellington.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  11th August 2020

            How long have they known or suspected this?

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            • Duker

               /  12th August 2020

              Yesterday! The family went to GP late last week where they had test, like a lot of GPS are doing for patients with respiratory illnesses

        • Corky

           /  12th August 2020

          Labour have crowed about their Covid response. Now the crow and its supporters will eat humble pie. Talback – the monitor of a nation- is already asking: Is this another lie? Are we being told the full story?

          The PM said this will be a Covid election. And as people start panic buying and become stressed all over again, the PM will need to pray to a god she doesn’t believe in that Auckland’s lockdown doesn’t last past Friday.

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          • Conspiratoor

             /  12th August 2020

            “We have beaten it once, we can do so again”

            Jacinda will be hoping she can keep the lid on until 21 September but she is going to look pretty silly when we are inevitably exposed and begin to play catchup with the rest of the world.

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            • Corky

               /  12th August 2020

              Judith has asked for an extension to the parliamentary term and a delay for the election. That’s a hard one for Jacinda. Go early and be accused of politicking. Go late and risk the ire of voters.

  5. Pink David

     /  11th August 2020

    Run and hide little hobbits

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    • Tom Hunter

       /  11th August 2020

      The world is changed.

      I feel it in the water.

      I feel it in the earth.

      I smell it in the air.

      Much that once was is lost, for none now live who remember it.

      Reply
  6. whalerider3000

     /  12th August 2020

    Pretty sad that so many here are happy that covid is back in the community.

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    • Pink David

       /  12th August 2020

      Hiding from your problems never solves anything. The sooner you face up to them, the sooner you are through it.

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    • Tom Hunter

       /  12th August 2020

      Pretty sad that so many here are happy that covid is back in the community.

      Oh yeah – I knew that bullshit meme would arrive with it, as a partner to months of emotive cheerleading about how super, duper wonderful and great Jacinda is, along with all the shroud-waving cries about all those nasty people who “cared for dollars more than the lives of old people” (sob).

      I’ve got a word for people like you: chutzpah.

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    • david in aus

       /  12th August 2020

      Who’s happy? No wants covid19.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  12th August 2020

      We have to look on the bright side. If we have infection at least we mightn’t have to put up with another term of Lefty government.

      Reply
      • Blazer

         /  12th August 2020

        Yes National have the answers-open the borders and tax cuts……uncanny!(and let Al build shacks on his block)

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        • I don’t believe National have proposed anything like open borders.

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          • They haven’t. What was proposed was that the restrictions be lifted for some people; and the PM has now repeated this as if it was her idea.

            I don’t know why the people who squawked about John Key supposedly wanting open borders (although he said that this would be insane, or words to that effect) and National & ACT wanting to throw the borders open to allow C19 in are not squawking that the PM is wanting this. After all, she is saying what John Key did.

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  7. david in aus

     /  12th August 2020

    This is what I expected. It takes just one case to start a chain. The “Elimination strategy” was always fanciful. It is a constant battle.

    Here in Victoria, we had an incompetent government leading the hotel quarantine program.

    If you have community transmission in Auckland, there are probably hundreds of cases already.

    Good luck.

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    • Duker

       /  12th August 2020

      One family , doesnt mean hundreds. That would have meant it would have showed up earlier. Roughly 45% have no symptoms so you might expect around half a dozen other cases.
      The Korean tourist who was here about 4 months and tested pos when arriving back in Korea was the first hint about 2 weeks ago…hence the new advertising about a possible resurgence

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  8. Corky

     /  12th August 2020

    Went to the supermarket. Packed by 8.30am; couldn’t move. Toilet paper, rice and tinned food stacked high in trolleys. People have learnt nothing. They are like automatons. No wonder politicians manipulate the public with consummate ease.

    Something to cheer (?) us up from one of our own.

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    • I’ve been to the supermarket in Dunedin this morning (PaknSave). A bit busy but I’ve seen worse pre-Covid, so nothing drastic.

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      • Corky

         /  12th August 2020

        I think people are more civilized down your way, Pete. Our lot are big eaters… nothing is allowed to get in the way of our food supply. Auckland, I believe had some hectic scenes.But that would be understandable.

        My neighbour said there is a Covid case down your way? I have heard nothing.

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        • How often do you go to the supermarket ? You were there on Sunday. Why not buy a lot all at once and save yourself a lot of time ?

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