Crowds rally in New Zealand's Auckland against coronavirus lockdown

Elias Hubbard
September 16, 2020

As a household contact of a confirmed case, the child had already been self-isolating since August 30.

Cabinet had agreed "in principle" the rest of New Zealand should move to Covid-19 alert level 1 on Monday, September 21, Ardern said.

No new imported cases of the virus have been detected in managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) facilities. Now 56 people who belong to the community cluster are housed in the Auckland Quarantine Center. All three are now at the Ibis Hotel in Rotorua.

A deep clean of staff areas in the facility was completed on Sunday.

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.

"We would also like to sincerely thank all healthcare professionals who choose to work in our managed isolation and quarantine facilities, they are a critical part of New Zealand's response to COVID-19".

Auckland has spent the past two weeks at Covid-19 alert level "2.5", after two-and-a-half weeks in a level 3 "lockdown".

There were 4402 tests conducted yesterday, and all but seven of the 3779 close contacts identified for the current outbreak have been reached and are self-isolating.

"These assessments are underpinned by a secure border, good levels of community testing and responsive contact tracing processes".

As of Monday, there are three people in hospital with COVID-19. One is in isolation on a ward in Auckland City Hospital.

With Tuesday's three new cases and 16 additional recovered cases, the country's total number of active cases is 83.

"As stated by the Director General, 'this outbreak continues to best fit the description of Alert Level 2 in Auckland (with limited community transmission occurring), and Alert Level 1 elsewhere (with a low risk of cases spreading from Auckland, and no evidence yet that spread has in fact happened)'".

On Sunday, laboratories processed 3573 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 868,042.

And there are now 2.2 million users registered with the NZ Covid Tracer app.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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