Saturday, November 27

Covid-19: New Zealanders flock to test stations


[b There were long queues of cars testing centres in Auckland again this morning for Covid-19 swabs.

Traffic down Rocklands Rd, a side street leading to the Northcote community testing centre. 19 August 2021

Photo: RNZ / Jean Bell

Yesterday more than 3000 people went through testing stations in Auckland alone.

Four new pop-up centres opened in the city – at Devonport, St Lukes, Wairau Valley and Albany – with some already attracting lines of cars.

The permanent centres have extended their hours.

Information on testing sites: in Auckland and nationwide.

Northcote community testing centre , College Road, Northcode 19 August 2021

Lines of traffic heading to the Northcote community testing centre.
Photo: RNZ / Jean Bell

Traffic down Rocklands Rd, a side street leading to the Northcote community testing centre. 19 August 2021

Traffic down Rocklands Ave – a side street leading to the Northcote community testing centre.
Photo: RNZ / Jean Bell

People lining up in their cars to be tested for Covid-19 in Balmoral, Auckland

People lining up in their cars to be tested for Covid-19 in Balmoral.
Photo: RNZ / Jean Bell

Queue for Balmoral testing station, Auckland

This is the Balmoral testing centre line from another angle, down Dominion Road.
Photo: RNZ / Jean Bell

On Tuesday more than 7000 tests were processed across New Zealand.

The queue for the St Luke's testing station stretched down St Luke's Road and on to Great North Road.

The queue for the St Luke’s testing station stretched down St Luke’s Road and on to Great North Road.
Photo: RNZ / Jean Bell

Pop-up testing sites are open in Coromandel township and Thames, and an additional testing centre has been stood up at Claudelands Event Centre in Hamilton.

Many drivers were waiting in line for testing at Taranaki Base Hospital in New Plymouth this morning.

Most people said either they or their children were symptomatic, or they themselves had been in Auckland, some at places of interest.

Queue for Taranaki Base Hospital in New Plymouth 19 August 2021

The queue for testing at Taranaki Base Hospital in New Plymouth.
Photo: RNZ / Robin Martin

In Christchurch, the Pages Road queue stretched down two neighbouring streets.

These cars aren’t parked, they are waiting in line.

The queue for the Pages Road Covid-19 testing centre in Christchurch.

Drivers wait patiently at the Pages Road Covid-19 testing centre in Christchurch.
Photo: RNZ / Kim Moodie

This is an official Covid-19 ALERT.

All of New Zealand is now at Covid-19 alert level 4.

The alert level will be reviewed after 3 days for all areas EXCEPT Auckland & Coromandel Peninsula which is likely to remain at level 4 for an initial period of 7 days.

A community case of Covid-19 has been identified.

Stay at home where possible & follow the Alert Level 4 guidelines. This will stop the spread of Covid-19 and SAVE LIVES.

Everyone is asked to:

Wear a mask and keep a 2 metre distance from others whenever you leave your home.

If you are sick, call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice about getting tested.

Keep on scanning QR codes whenever you leave your home.

Practice good hygiene – wash hands often.

Services including supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics & petrol stations will stay open at Alert Level 4. Face coverings are mandatory for all people – both employees and customers – at businesses and services operating at Alert Level 4 involving customer contact.

For more information on Alert Level 4 go to [the government website www.covid19.govt.nz]

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