Covid-19 lockdown day 6: The way it unfolded

2021-08-23 14:41:38

All of New Zealand will stay in lockdown till at the very least Friday, whereas Auckland will stay in stage 4 till at the very least 31 August.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield hold a Covid 19 update and Post Cabinet press conference in the Beehive Theatrette.

Jacinda Ardern holding a map displaying that recognized Covid-19 case contacts are unfold throughout New Zealand.
Photograph: Stuff / Robert Kitchin

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement this afternoon saying Delta bought a headstart in New Zealand earlier than the lockdown.

She mentioned early modelling prompt that the nation wouldn’t attain the height of the outbreak till day eight to 10 after lockdown began and at the moment New Zealand is barely at day 6.

Ardern mentioned recognized contacts are unfold throughout New Zealand and there could also be extra contacts which might be nonetheless not recognized.

She mentioned Cupboard made the choice to increase the lockdown on the idea that the most secure choice now’s to carry the course for longer.

Cupboard has determined all of New Zealand will stay at stage 4 for a further 4 days, till 11.59pm, Friday 27 August. Ardern mentioned these settings can be reviewed on Friday.

Auckland will proceed to be the primary location of the outbreak and can stay in alert stage 4 till 11.59pm on Tuesday 31 August, Ardern mentioned. The extent of Auckland’s setting shall be reviewed subsequent Monday.

Ardern mentioned the additional time by delaying the drop in alert ranges provides New Zealand extra information and data and time to check.

Parliament suspended for per week

Ardern additionally this afternoon introduced that Parliament can be suspended for per week however mentioned choose committees would proceed on-line.

She mentioned asking ministers to make themselves out there to look earlier than choose committees “will permit us to steadiness security and scrutiny”.

Parliament will be postponed as much as a month throughout an epidemic underneath part 55 of the standing orders, however the leaders of all events should be consulted first and it should be on the written advice of the Director-Common of Well being.

Opposition events have been calling for Parliament to start once more in alert stage 4 circumstances, or reinstate the Epidemic Response Committee at the least, saying suspension of Parliament is undemocratic.

Nationwide chief Judith Collins mentioned vital questions wanted to be answered about how the Delta variant bought into New Zealand, and suspending Parliament meant the federal government would keep away from that scrutiny.

ACT chief David Seymour mentioned it was very completely different from having an Opposition-led Epidemic Response Committee as was seen within the earlier lockdown and – removed from all events agreeing – the choice was one “dictated by Jacinda Ardern alone”.

Covid-19 stats: 35 new neighborhood circumstances

In a press release the Ministry of Well being mentioned there have been 35 new neighborhood circumstances of Covid-19 as we speak – 33 of them in Auckland and two of them in Wellington.

That brings the overall variety of circumstances locally outbreak to 107 with 99 of them in Auckland and eight in Wellington.

There have been additionally three new circumstances as we speak introduced in managed isolation.

The ministry mentioned it was persevering with so as to add places of curiosity as interviews from confirmed circumstances have been accomplished by the general public well being employees.

As of Monday evening there have been greater than 400 places of curiosity listed on the ministry’s web site, the majority of them in Auckland.

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Photograph: RNZ

Māngere church cluster

The Ministry of Well being is urging members of a Samoan church to isolate and get examined after a number of Covid-19 circumstances have now been recognized as having attended final Sunday.

That features anybody who went to the Samoan Meeting of God Church in Māngere on 15 August between 9am and 3pm that day.

The cluster has additionally unfold to Wellington with three of the circumstances now within the capital.

Director-Common of Well being Ashley Bloomfield mentioned the church represents the one occasion with essentially the most variety of circumstances.

Bloomfield mentioned that greater than 50 % of this outbreak’s Covid-19 circumstances are of Pacific ethnicity and an additional breakdown of circumstances by ethnicity is being ready.

Crowne Plaza investigation

On the briefing concerning alert ranges, Ardern mentioned the general public walkway on the Crowne Plaza MIQ facility in Auckland had not been established to have been an issue.

She mentioned it has limitations between, and air flow, and has been assessed by an infection management consultants, however “we have dominated nothing in or out proper now”.

Well being authorities have revealed the time that the individual with the earliest recognized case of the Delta variant was within the foyer of the Crowne Plaza Lodge.

They are saying if transmission had occurred within the foyer it could have been on Saturday 7 August between 10pm and 11pm.

The Ministry of Well being has been attempting to trace down six individuals who have been in an adjoining walkway on the time.

Of the six, 4 have been recognized utilizing CCTV and three of them have examined damaging. Two are nonetheless to be recognized.

Contact tracing system underneath strain

By Monday night, there have been greater than 400 places of curiosity and greater than 13,000 shut contacts within the Auckland outbreak.

Contact tracers are working across the clock as they attempt to observe down individuals who doubtlessly got here into contact with the virus at operating occasions, in supermarkets, at quick meals shops and on public transport.

Auckland authorities are urgently recruiting extra contact tracers to maintain up with the demand.

Laboratories, testing websites and vaccination centres are additionally straining on the seams because the well being system struggles to maintain tempo with the Delta incursion.

Dr Bloomfield mentioned the nation’s contact tracing system was working at 100%, with its Covid surge plan in full use.

Ardern mentioned she has not heard of an occasion the place contacts haven’t been house when contacted by tracers. She mentioned it is extremely heartening to see an absence of circumstances who’ve been infectious locally, in comparison with what has been seen in New South Wales.

Police ‘happy’ with lockdown compliance regardless of breaches

Individuals are usually complying with the lockdown although a small variety of incidents are nonetheless cropping up, police say.

By 5pm yesterday, 29 individuals nationwide had been charged with 33 offences associated to breaking the lockdown guidelines because it got here into impact at 11.59pm on 17 August.

These arrests have been primarily the results of lockdown protests.

One other 85 individuals had been given a warning.

Police Commissioner Andrew Coster mentioned the general public’s behaviour was usually good.

“Officers will stay out and about in our communities, notably at high-demand places akin to supermarkets and Covid-19 testing and vaccination websites,” he mentioned.

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