Auckland will remain in level 3 and New Zealand in level 2 Prime Minister Ardern says

Auckland will stay at Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand at Alert Level 2 for 12 more days, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Friday.

The PM of New Zealand made the announcement saying “We will overcome an obstacle we knew would come out way.”

The lockdown rules will stay in place for 12 days giving them ‘sufficient time to find the extent of the spread’ according to the Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield.

Ms Ardern said in the event of the country having to move to Alert Level 4, the criteria was multiple outbreaks and community transmission – “a much larger scale that what we’re seeing here”.

“Cabinet also does not want Auckland to be in Level 3 any longer than is needed to ensure the outbreak is managed.”

Auckland has been at Alert Level 3 and the rest of the country has been at Alert Level 2 since noon Wednesday,  and restrictions were due to end at midnight Friday.

However, due to more cases in Auckland and clusters around the county the timescale has been shifted another 12 days to the 26th of August.

Today the Director-General of Health announced there were 13 new Covid-19 cases in the community in New Zealand, linked to the original community-based cases in Auckland.

One person was in hospital and the link had not yet been established – however Dr Bloomfield said this was due to the positive result having come back very recently.

The Ministry of Health has now confirmed the country currently has 49 active cases of Covid-19.

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