Sunday, November 28

Covid-19: NSW Shows It’s Important Not To Lift The Blockade Too Soon – Ashley Bloomfield

Health Director-General Ashley Bloomfield says she expects there will be new cases overnight, but has not yet been informed.

Director General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield

General Director of Health Dra. Ashley Bloomfield.
Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone

Health authorities announced three new cases last night, bringing the total number of active community cases to 10.

One such case is a woman in her 60s who is a member of the Air New Zealand cabin crew, but who has no known links to the existing group and may have been infectious for more than two weeks.

Dr. Bloomfield said the deadline for overnight reporting is 9 am, and he expects his officials to report back to him then.

“One of the things about the NSW outbreak is that we’ve seen that around 70 percent of the cases have been household contacts and a lot of testing has been done in the last day or two of those close contacts, particularly within from households, so I hope there will be more cases overnight. “

Bloomfield said the Covid-positive Air New Zealand cabin crew worker was picked up through regular routine tests.

“Of course we will do the full genome sequencing, as we do in all cases, just to see if that fits with the current outbreak or if it is part of it, but it seems likely that it is a separate coincident infection.”

He said there has been a huge increase in the number of sights with around 70 now around Auckland and Coromandel.

“The very important thing now is that people look at those, particularly the people who are essential workers, because any essential workers who have been to a place of interest should stay home and get tested.”

When asked how one of the positive Covid-19 cases appears to date back to August 3, Bloomfield said that none of the sewage tests until the middle of last week had detections in the Auckland region.

“It may well be that one of the cases has described symptoms that date back to a period of time, despite the fact that his test is only positive now, so this may be that the Public Health Unit is inclusive around that particular report “.

Bloomfield said health officials will prepare a document for the Cabinet to consider tomorrow regarding the timing of the Level 4 lockdown, which is currently at least three days across the country and at least seven days in Auckland and Coromandel.

“Our goal, of course, would be to have a lockdown as short as possible, but it’s very important in this situation, we’ve seen it from the different results in different states in Australia, which … goes into lockdown type arrangements. quickly and don’t pick them up too soon. “

Bloomfield said they will be looking for good test rates across the country and so far all 10 reported cases have occurred in Auckland and all are related, apart from the cabin crew member, as well as analyzing the results of the water tests. residual that is being done throughout New Zealand.

“That will inform the advice and the decision of the Cabinet and it will be that there could be a different decision for the South Island and we will give advice in this regard.”

Bloomfield said he hopes they can get back to 50,000 vaccinations a day even though additional safety measures are necessary as they are at alert level 4.


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.

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For more information on Alert Level 4, go to [the government website]


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