New Zealand has four new cases of Covid-19 in the community, all related to the first case discovered yesterday, which is confirmed as the highly transmissible Delta variant.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told RNZ Morning report one of the new cases is a nurse from Auckland Hospital.
“This individual is fully vaccinated.”
Ardern said they were all contacts from the original case.
He said Auckland Hospital was taking all the precautions it would normally take.
“They are stopping the movement between the wards, testing all the staff and patients in the wards where that person worked.”
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“Confirm that level 4 is the correct decision,” Ardern said.
“These measures have worked before and will work again.”
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This is an official COVID-19 ALERT.
All New Zealand You are now at Covid-19 Alert Level 4.
The alert level will be reviewed after 3 days for all areas EXCEPT Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula, which will likely remain at level 4 for an initial period of 7 days.
A community case of Covid-19 has been identified.
Stay at home whenever possible and follow level 4 alert guidelines. This will stop the spread of COVID-19 and SAVE LIVES.
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Wear a mask and keep a distance of 2 meters from others when you leave your house.
If you are sick, call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on getting tested.
Keep scanning QR codes every time you leave your home.
Practice good hygiene: wash your hands often.
Services including supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics and gas stations will remain open at alert level 4.
For more information on Alert Level 4, go to [the government website www.covid19.govt.nz]
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