Reti asked. 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. After 18 days, Auckland moves out of level 3 lockdown at midnight tonight - to what is essentially level 2.5. The rest of the country will be in alert level 1 from midnight tonight. He said the Government was working with Apple and Google to improve digital contact tracing tools. 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". Ardern said Cabinet met via Zoom today to review Auckland's alert level. Auckland will move to alert level 1 on Wednesday at 11.59pm, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced. Auckland will join the rest of New Zealand at Alert Level 1 on Wednesday night, Jacinda Ardern has announced. "One or two key words were either left out or changed.". Updated. As an essential service, Auckland Airport remains open. The rest of the country is on Level 2, and Ms Ardern said both would be extended. 38.4k members in the auckland community. 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. 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. Putting positive cases and their families into quarantine was helpful because most transmission happened within households. National MPs are finally getting their chance this morning to grill director general of health Ashley Bloomfield and Hipkins on the Covid-19 response. 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. Act leader David Seymour asked Hipkins: "Did you think to ask South Islanders would they rather be at level 1 and have no Aucklanders?". Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed Auckland will move to alert level 1 this week. Auckland Council Friday 1 January 2021 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. "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. There are four “alert levels” in New Zealand, and Auckland has been on Level 3 since Wednesday. The pair are appearing before Parliament's health select committee. 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She says a resurgence in the virus is not her only concern going forward, a resurgence in complacency is also a worry. Auckland could eventually move to alert level 1 without the "complete elimination" of Covid-19, Health Minister Chris Hipkins has told MPs. Auckland University Professor of Medicine Des Gorman talks to Lisa Owen. From July 18 to August 24, 11,647 day three tests were done for 12,240 returnees. View our airport updates and frequently asked questions for more information. In the first round, from August 21 to 27, 97 per cent of MIQ staff were tested and none were positive. We encourage you to continue tracking where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help with contact tracing, if required. The rest of the country will remain at Alert Level 2. 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. A new air border border was still being finalised, he added, to get the risk profile "even lower". She says there is now a 95 percent probability of the cluster being eliminated, according to research. 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. Bloomfield said it was a "rapidly evolving" situation, and that created anxiety. 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. 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. Bloomfield said airport workers who were customer-facing and port workers going out to ships were higher risk. We are always looking for ways to make them lower.". 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. 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. 1.00pm: Auckland to move to level one on Wednesday night. 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. 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. "For some people there were some delays and that was not ideal, but we did have to stand up a new process.". This means Auckland Transport (AT) services are largely returning to normal operations. The director general said there was no advice to have 700,000 people in south and west Auckland to be tested. 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. "We all want to avoid further restrictions ... but to stay at level 1 we need to be vigilant," she said. 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. The number who tested positive on day 12 was "small". 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". 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. Hipkins said Cabinet receives advice from a number of departments, including health and Treasury, about 24 to 36 hours before D-Day. Epidemiologist Michael Baker agreed there is a high likelihood the virus has been eliminated. 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. Advice on moving to level 1 was yet to be considered, he added. Auckland Artweek will run from October 10-18. "There has only been one case in the past two weeks and only five people from the cluster are yet to recover.". 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. 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. New Zealand is at Alert Level 1. 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. "We were quite comfortable that everybody would be at alert level 2 with a few extra protections for Auckland," Hipkins 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. Cases with no link to other cases would be cause for concern and may see a move back up alert levels, he said. The Government has announced that New Zealand is moving to Alert Level 1 on Wednesday, October 7 at 11:59pm. 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. "Our risk settings are very low. "I know for many, this one has felt harder, especially for Aucklanders.". Informing the public about what was happening was a major contributor to reducing anxiety levels, he added. The Auckland cluster, though, had many unknowns including the source, which still remains unknown. 34 minutes ago. 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. Cabinet also followed health advice for deciding to keep those settings after the first three days. Hipkins said some families were under "much greater strain than they were pre-Covid", and young people were also "feeling the pressure". Can they be lower? The five extra days will provide a greater degree of security that we don’t allow further spread by moving Alert Levels too soon. 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. As an essential service, Auckland Airport remains open. 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. No new cases of … "We continued to improve it," he told MPs. 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. Going down – Auckland to move to full alert level 2, rest of NZ to level 1. 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. It has been nine days since the last reported community case. Bloomfield said several options were put forward, but the preferred option was the one that Cabinet adopted. "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. However, the Prime Minister urged Kiwis to continue using the COVID tracer app and to stay vigilant to COVID-19 symptoms. Auckland is shifting down to full alert level two arrangements from 11:59pm on Wednesday night, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed. 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. Hipkins said there was a two-week standown period for international air crew when they came home, and they were also tested. Bloomfield said most of the returnees testing positive in MIQ facilities mostly came from day three tests or after they became symptomatic. "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 will move to Level 2 at 11.59pm on Sunday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced. The words should have said people in those areas at risk of worse outcomes should get a test. 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. 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. Not requiring children under 12 to wear masks was based on advice from the World Health Organisation, Hipkins said. "Are you absolutely sure we have no holes in our border?" Additional mental health support for schools is being looked at, he said. Bloomfield said the current outbreak was the largest cluster and it had a long tail. New Zealand, other than Auckland, will move to Alert Level 1 next Monday, September 21 at 11.59pm, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today. She says that will be particularly useful at the border, if it were to work. Typically you get one or two more cycles of test results.". 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". © Video - Newshub; Image - Getty Images Watch the Prime Minister's full alert level announcement. 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. 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Auckland could eventually move to alert level 1 without the "complete elimination" of Covid-19, Health Minister Chris Hipkins has told MPs. The ones who weren't tested were either on leave or not at a facility during that time period. He had yet to be asked for advice about moving to level 1. The only domestic flights leaving from the international terminal were chartered flights for overseas returnees. 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. 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. Ardern says at alert level 3, Treasury estimated the local economy was operating at 80-85 percent. This means gatherings of 100 people will be permitted in Auckland, an increase from the current restriction of just 10. 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. I think there'll be an announcement, but tbh going back the Monday after makes more sense. New Zealand Auckland alert level eases but would a switch to level 1 benefit NZ? Queues at the police checkpoints were reduced as the process was expedited, Bloomfield said. The source of the current outbreak remains unclear. 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. All MIQ staff are currently being tested for a second time to find clues about the current outbreak. 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. Given that, there was no hard and fast rule about when future lockdowns might be used. Rest of country to move to Level 2 from midday Wednesday, Auckland to Level 3, as four coronavirus cases confirmed in community. Lower risk workers will be tested fortnightly, and workers on the periphery will be tested monthly. Auckland could eventually move to alert level 1 without the "complete elimination" of Covid-19, Health Minister Chris Hipkins has told MPs. Auckland Transport services are largely returning to normal operations as the region moves to Alert Level 1 on Wednesday October 7 at 11.59pm. He said the error was a process issue and is being rectified. Workers were also checked for symptoms daily, he said. "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.". 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. 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. Auckland will move down to alert level two on Wednesday night. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts Bloomfield said the process was set up "quite quickly", and halfway through the lockdown there were 100 people working on the process. The first step will be moving Auckland to a full level 2. "That will reduce the length of the tail in the case of this particular outbreak.". A more regular presence at the ports was being worked on, he added. The rest of the country will move down to alert level one from midnight tonight. The Elemental Auckland festival is already underway and will continue at level 1. Hipkins said each managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) facility had 'hot' and 'cold' zones. 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. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is holding a press conference in Christchurch today at 1pm to reveal Cabinet's decision. 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. 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. "Our ultimate goal is to avoid further level 3 lockdowns as much as we possibly can.". "The shipping port is the most complex of all of those operations ... we're working through that process.". Demand for telehealth services tended to spike near D-Days, Hipkins said. 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. Contact-tracing information was also vital, including those cases where there is no clear epidemiological link. That meant the same exemptions didn't necessarily apply from the last time, he said. Press J to jump to the feed. If you have questions about your flight, please contact your airline. Cabinet has confirmed that Auckland will join the rest of New Zealand at alert level 1 on Wednesday, 7 October, Ardern says. 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. What do we know about surface transmission of Covid-19? 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. 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, … Ardern says at alert level 3, Treasury estimated the local economy was operating at 80-85 percent. Hipkins said testing was the last line of defence and the protective measures, including PPE and physical distancing, were also important. Higher risk workers should be tested weekly, he said. "Things can changed during that time. "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. 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