Monday 20 September, 4pm
Auckland will move to Level 3 at 11.59pm, Tuesday 21st September.
Auckland will remain at Level 3 for at least two weeks, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. Cabinet will review Auckland’s alert level on Monday 4th October.
It has now been one month and four days since the first community Delta case was discovered in Aotearoa. In the last 14 days, almost all cases have been household or known contacts of existing cases.
“Level 4 has done what we needed it to. It has helped us contain the outbreak,” said Ardern.
The rest of the country will remain at Level 2.
As long as Auckland is at Alert Level 3 or 4, the rest of the country would require “a greater level of preparedness,” said Ardern.
However, gatherings at Level 2 can now increase from 50 to 100.
Testing continues around the three new cases announced last night located in Kaiaua/Whakatīwai, in Waikato. 300 tests have been completed in the community so far, with no new positive cases yet.
People who live or work in, or have visited this region north of State Highway 2 since 8th September are asked to stay home and monitor their symptoms. The Ministry of Health website will post a map showing the boundaries of this region.
Monday 20 September, 1pm
There are 22 new cases in the community today, all in Auckland.
At 4pm today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will give a post-cabinet announcement where she will announce whether or not Auckland or the rest of Aotearoa will be moving down alert levels.
Last night, the Ministry of Health confirmed that three household members of a remand prisoner with Covid-19, who was announced as a case yesterday, have tested positive.
These cases are located in Kaiaua/Whakatīwai, in Waikato, just outside of Auckland’s border.
Two of the three household members attend Mangatangi School on the Hauraki Plains, and at least one was symptomatic at the school on Thursday. The school has closed and parents have been contacted.
Five of today’s 22 cases have not yet had a link established to existing cases. 17 are linked to known cases.
Head over to Re:’s Facebook page at 4pm to watch the alert level announcement live.