Thursday, December 9

Covid-19 Update: 11 New Community Cases Today

Currently, there are 11 new cases of Covid-19 in the community, says Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield.

Currently, there are 11 new cases of Covid-19 in the community, says Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield.

Director General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield

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

This afternoon, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said genome sequencing shows that the Auckland outbreak is linked to a person who traveled to New Zealand from New South Wales on a red-zone managed flight. That person tested positive for the first day on Aug. 9 and was transported to Middlemore Hospital on Aug. 16, he said.

Officials are now investigating staff at the Crown Plaza MIQ facility and the Jet Park quarantine hotel.

They do not believe that the virus has infiltrated the community through Middlemore Hospital.

Meanwhile, new locations of interest They have been revealed for Auckland, including two cinemas, a gas station and a supermarket.

And this afternoon, more than 1000 new people have been considered close contacts of a positive case of Covid-19 who visited the games room of the main SkyCity Auckland casino over the weekend.

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More to come …


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.

All are asked to:

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 that include supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics and gas stations will remain open at alert level 4. Face covers are mandatory for all people, both employees and customers, in companies and services that operate at alert level 4 that involve contact with the client.

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


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Kia Kaha – Stay strong

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