Thursday, December 9

Positive Covid-19 Cases Confirmed in Wellington, RNZ Understands


RNZ understands that positive cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Wellington.

Wellington Central

Wellington Central
Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone

These would be the first positive community cases in this latest outbreak outside of Auckland and Coromandel.

The Health Ministry has declined to comment at this stage.

A ministry spokesperson says that all confirmed Covid-19 cases will be announced “as soon as possible.”

The government must announce any changes to the closure by 3pm.

In Auckland, there are 22 active cases of Covid-19 in the community.

The outbreak has been linked to a person who traveled to New Zealand from New South Wales on August 7 and was taken to hospital on August 16.

Locations of interest they can be found on the Ministry of Health website as they become available.

More to come …

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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.

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 www.covid19.govt.nz]

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Kia Kaha – Stay strong


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