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NZ Covid-19 Coronavirus Alert Level Now Level Three, Moves To Level Four After 48 hours

Mar 23, 2020
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New Zealand’s Covid-19 coronavirus alert level has risen to level three, and after 48 hours it will go to level four.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said “We are facing the potential for devastating impacts from this virus… but we do have a small window to get ahead of it”.

“Now is the time to put our plans into action.”

“The situation here is moving at pace and so must we.”

She said we must consider there is now transmission in our community.

“We have a window of opportunity. We can stop the spread by staying at home and reducing contact. Now is the time to act.”

Schools will be shut from tomorrow.

Watch the Primeminister media update.

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Level 3 – Restrict: Heightened risk that disease is not contained

Risk Assessment

  • Community transmission occurring OR
  • Multiple clusters break out.

Range of measures (can be applied locally or nationally)

  • Travel in areas with clusters or community transmission limited
  • Affected educational facilities closed
  • Mass gatherings cancelled
  • Public venues closed (e.g. libraries, museums, cinemas, food courts, gyms, pools, amusement parks)
  • Alternative ways of working required and some non-essential businesses should close
  • Non face-to-face primary care consultations
  • Non acute (elective) services and procedures in hospitals deferred and healthcare staff reprioritised

Level 4 – Eliminate Likely that disease is not contained

Risk Assessment

  • Sustained and intensive transmission
  • Widespread outbreaks

Range of measures (can be applied locally or nationally)

  • People instructed to stay at home
  • Educational facilities closed
  • Businesses closed except for essential services (e.g. supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics) and lifeline utilities
  • Rationing of supplies and requisitioning of facilities • Travel severely limited •
  • Major reprioritisation of healthcare services
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