There have been four positive cases of Covid-19 outside of managed isolation or quarantine, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.
New Zealand is now activating a resurgence plan.
Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says there are four confirmed cases within one family.
One person is in their 50s. They live in South Auckland.
They have returned two positive results. They have no history of international travel.
Six family members who reside in the same household have been tested. Three returned positive results, three negative.
All close contacts are in isolation.
Bloomfield said there would be testing of people working at the borders and in facilities to determine the origin of this case.
- The rest of New Zealand will go into level 2 from midday tomorrow, the same time as the change for Auckland
The level 2 restrictions are in place from midday tomorrow until midnight on Friday. All key services, including pharmacies and supermarkets remain open.
- Food delivery is available under level 3.
People in Auckland but not from the city can return home, but must be aware of their symptoms.
- Anyone with flu-like symptoms is asked to get tested by contacting their GP or calling Healthline.
- “Travelling into Auckland is prohibited unless you normally reside there and are travelling home”
- At level 3: Stay home, work from home unless you are an essential service worker.
- Schools and childcare facilities are closed except for essential service workers
Public services, bars, restaurants and businesses must close by midday tomorrow.
Testing centres in Auckland will operate with more staff and longer hours in coming days,
DHBs are also planning “pop up clinics”, Bloomfield said.
The Ministry of Health would work closely with DHBs throughout the country to ensure there are enough tests to meet demand.
“As we did in the early days of the virus emerging, we need to stamp it out,” Bloomfield said.
People need to practice good hygiene, wash their hands, stay at home if sick and stay 2m from others if possible, Bloomfield said.
People are also encouraged to use a mask “in spaces and places where it is hard to physically distance”.
Bloomfield said the Covid tracer app would be essential in contact tracing, and urged people to download and use it.
Source: rnz.co.nz Republished by arrangement.