New Zealand to relax COVID-19 restrictions in most regions next week

RNZ: Richard Tindiller

RNZ: Richard Tindiller

A healthcare worker stationed at Auckland's quarantine facility, the Jet Park Hotel - who was recorded as a confirmed case on Sunday - has now been genomically sequenced by ESR.

"The Director General of Health has stated that the Covid-19 outbreak in Auckland is contained". Two are in ICU, at North Shore and Waikato hospitals.

Inspector Grant Tetzlaff from Auckland City Police, who attended the protest to monitor the situation, reportedly said that the police recognised people's lawful right to protest but also recognised the need for people to follow the current level two restrictions in helping to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

He's confident it wasn't a case simmering in the community, and believes it must have come through the border somewhere.

But Ardern flagged that if the current trend in case numbers continued, Aucklanders would be allowed larger gatherings from Wednesday next week, while the rest of the country would move to level 1 from Tuesday next week.

"The question is whether it happened through a casual contact at the airport or port, or whether it happened at a managed isolation facility".

Yesterday, laboratories processed 4402 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 872,444.

"Modelling done for the Ministry of Health continues to suggest around a 25 percent chance of cases moving outside of the Auckland region. A review of infection prevention and control processes is also underway".

There are up to 94 possible close contacts being followed up from the three gym classes at Les Mills. Of that number, 72 have been confirmed as close contacts.

"This is done on a case-by-case basis".

There are now 2,207,900 registered users on the Government's official NZ COVID Tracer contact tracing app.

There have been 370,098 QR codes created to be displayed around the country.

However, there were some "trouble spots" in Auckland, including the bereavement event which has become a sub-cluster of the virus.

This includes four related to the health care worker case, covering the Les Mills Takapuna gym (2), the Warehouse Milford, and Countdown Milford.

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