There have been 11 new Covid-19 cases reported in the community this afternoon, including three in Wellington, the Health Ministry confirmed.
In a statement, the Health Ministry said there were also two new cases of administered isolation.
Earlier today, North Shore Hospital took action after it was confirmed that a patient who now tested positive for Covid-19 was treated there. The New Zealand Post also revealed a positive case of Covid-19 this morning, a temporary worker at its Auckland Operations Center in Highbrook.
Later this morning, RNZ reported that it understood there were three positive Covid-19 cases from the same family in Wellington. They would be the first cases outside the Auckland region in the current outbreak.
Cabinet is currently meeting to decide whether or not the country’s alert level setting should be changed and is expected to make an announcement at 3pm.
– 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 www.covid19.govt.nz]
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Kia Kaha – Stay strong