File variety of checks, however individuals urged to solely get one if wanted

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2021-08-20 14:30:03

Persons are being urged to solely get examined if they’re a contact, visited a location of curiosity or have chilly and flu signs.

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Picture: RNZ / Nate McKinnon

Ministry of Well being (MOH) mentioned in a press release testing centres in Auckland had their busiest day ever yesterday, by greater than 50 p.c.

“Greater than 24,000 group checks had been carried out throughout Auckland yesterday, with greater than 8000 at group testing centres and round 16,000 at basic follow and pressing care clinics,” the ministry mentioned in a press release.

A complete of 27,899 checks had been processed throughout New Zealand yesterday.

Folks have been ready for hours in queues, some leaving after giving up, and others complaining about individuals queue-jumping.

The MOH reiterated its recommendation – to solely to get examined if you’re a contact, have visited a location of curiosity on the particular time and date as listed on the [www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19/ healthpoint website], or have chilly and flu signs.

“It’s crucial we prioritise testing for these teams,” the ministry mentioned.

“The ministry thanks New Zealanders taking part in their half in complying with alert stage 4, in getting a take a look at and for his or her persistence at websites whereas there’s excessive demand.

“The ministry additionally thanks testing workers for stepping up once more – these workers are working at tempo on the frontline of our Covid-19 response, in high-stress environments, and making private sacrifices to maintain our communities protected.”

It mentioned police had been serving to with site visitors management at testing websites.

Cars line up as people wait to be tested for Covid-19 at the Orchard Road drive-through testing centre in Christchurch

Automobiles line up as individuals wait to be examined for Covid-19 on the Orchard Highway drive-through testing centre in Christchurch
Picture: RNZ / Nate McKinnon

The variety of Wellingtonians heading out to get examined for Covid-19 noticeably elevated as three circumstances had been introduced within the capital.

Folks on the Taranaki Road testing web site had been anxious about circumstances being present in Wellington – acknowledging the low use of the Covid Tracer App within the metropolis.

“Involved, yeah, apprehensive. I believe I had a false sense of safety that it was simply in Auckland,” one girl mentioned.

“If you’re going right into a retailer they usually have a scanner code within the window it actually takes three seconds out of your time to scan it … I believe each must get on board with that,” one other mentioned.

A person urged the federal government wanted to introduce coverage to make sure that scanning was being carried out by the general public.

Well being officers are making certain there’s sufficient further testing capability in Wellington if wanted.

In the meantime, anxious Aucklanders began turning up at testing centres in droves lengthy earlier than testing centres opened this morning.

One younger man was ready in line for the New Lynn testing centre after he had been at Bar 101 the identical evening as a Covid-19 optimistic case.

He had moved up the queue about 50 metres in about 60 minutes – and his buddies yesterday had waited hours.

“An extended wait however I introduced snacks some drinks, downloaded some Netflix motion pictures – I got here ready,” he mentioned.

Persons are urged to attempt to guide in a take a look at at their GP, or deliver ID and their nationwide well being index quantity in the event that they go to a group testing centre.

Testing websites

The MOH mentioned there have been 13 group testing centres obtainable for testing throughout Auckland in the present day, and all had been open till 8pm. They included seven pop-up group testing centres at Slender Neck, St Lukes, Wairau Valley, St Johns, Albany, Mângere East, and Pakuranga Heights.

“There may be further devoted testing for Avondale Faculty workers, college students and whānau, who’re thought of to be shut contacts.

“Moreover, round 2600 swabs have been taken onsite from Auckland Metropolis Hospital workers and all have been adverse to date, following a completely vaccinated workers member working onsite whereas unknowingly probably infectious with Covid-19.”

Pop-up testing websites stay open in Coromandel Township, Thames, and Hamilton – and testing capability has been elevated.

Waikato DHB’s laboratory processed practically 2600 checks yesterday, which all returned adverse outcomes.

There are a selection of testing websites in Wellington, and extra testing capability is offered if wanted, the ministry mentioned.

“All DHBs are making certain there’s good entry to testing throughout the areas. Additional places, together with in rural areas, are being actively thought of for increasing the geographical unfold of testing to assist decide whether or not there was any undetected transmission thus far.”

The whole variety of Covid-19 checks processed by laboratories thus far is 2,612,235, with a seven-day rolling common of 9085.

Within the Waikato, testing websites have been arrange at Coromandel City automobile park, Tokoroa’s Memorial Sportsground, Claudelands Occasions Centre in Hamilton and the Founders Theatre automobile park, additionally in Hamilton.

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