Thursday, December 9

Covid-19 Roundup for September 20: Auckland to Leave Alert Level 4

The confirmation of Auckland’s move to Covid-19 Alert Level 3 at midnight on Tuesday was the main coronavirus news for Monday, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern marked one month and four days since the outbreak of the Delta variant.

Covid-19 wrap September 20

Monday was a busy day for Covid-19 news: the Prime Minister announced Auckland’s alert level change, the new MIQ reservation system started, testing for the Waikato coronavirus scare and the Police revealed that they caught the gang associates heading to Auckland with a loaded car. KFC and cash
Photo: RNZ / Supplied

It was an eventful day for updates on the virus, including 22 new community cases, the first day of the new quarantine reserve system and managed isolation, the Maori king endorsing the Pfizer vaccine, updates on the scare in rural areas of Waikato, and captured gang associates. with a KFC-laden car crossing the border from Tāmaki Makaurau.

Auckland to change alert levels

Auckland will go to Alert Level 3 starting at 11:59 pm Tuesday night and will remain at Level 3 for at least two weeks, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Monday afternoon.

The rest of the country will remain at level 2, but will go from 50 to 100 meetings.

Meanwhile, part of northern Waikato has received a section 70 order, requiring people who live or work there to stay home.

“We will not move out of level 4 because the job is done, but we will not move either because we do not believe we can achieve the goal of ending Covid-19; we are moving because level 3 still provides a cautious approach as we continue to eliminate Covid-19. Ardern said.

“It means staying in your bubble, it means contactless transactions and keeping your distance. It means we thank Auckland for their tireless work, and collectively we continue.”

Section 70 Order for North Waikato

A steady stream of people has been passing through a testing facility near Kaiaua on the Firth of Thames following the discovery of three Covid-19 cases in the area, outside the level 4 boundary.

A steady stream of people has been passing a testing center near Kaiaua on the Firth of Thames following the discovery of three cases of Covid-19 in the area.
Photo: RNZ / Andrew McRae

Part of northern Waikato received a section 70 order, requiring people who live or work there to stay at home.

The measure was announced today at the post-Cabinet press conference by the Director General of Health, Dr. Ashley Bloomfield.

Bloomfield said he was issuing a section 70 order that required people who live or work in the area around Mangatangi, north of Waikato, to stay home. Ardern said that it was indeed a “custom level 4”.

Bloomfield said the order was for people living in an area north of SH2 centered on Mangatangi.

“That will effectively extend the highway boundary east of Maramarúa … and also southeast of Miranda on the Thames Fjord.”

It comes after three people from a family in Whakatīwai tested positive for Covid-19 after a member of their household was found to have tested positive while on electronic bail from Auckland’s Mount Eden Prison.

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Meanwhile, residents of the area have flocked to get tested for Covid-19.

At least 250 people had been tested at noon at a pop-up testing center in Wharekawa Marae, just down the road from Kaiaua.

Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson says there is evidence that the Waikato cases are likely linked to one of the current groups.

New cases

Today there were 22 new cases of Covid-19 in the community, confirmed the Ministry of Health.

Three of the new cases are in Whakatīwai in Waikato, but are counted in the Auckland total, the ministry said.

That brings the total number of community cases in the current outbreak to 1,071. There are 1,051 in Auckland (677 of which have recovered) and 17 in Wellington (all have recovered).

The ministry said that 17 of the 22 new community cases today have been epidemiologically linked. Five have yet to be linked.

In total, 1039 cases in the current group have been linked epidemiologically (12 disconnected from the last fortnight).

There are 10 epidemiologically linked subgroups. Of these, two are active, seven are contained, and one is inactive.

Thousands of people miss MIQ places

There was disappointment and frustration for the 22,000 New Zealanders who tried to get home through the MIQ system and lost places this morning.

At least 25,000 people were competing for a spot using a new “virtual lobby system.”

Only 3,000 of them, who were randomly assigned a spot at the head of the queue, were able to get a room reservation from September through December.

The new system allows people to access the “virtual lobby”: they have an hour to enter, and from there, they are placed in a random queue and assigned a place when they arrive at the front.

Another room launch is planned for next week.

Maori king backs Pfizer vaccine

Maori King Tuheitia and other leading figures have come together to encourage Maori to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

Tuheitia, along with Tumuaki or te Kiingitanga, Anaru Tamihana, and Ariki or Tuwharetoa, Tā Tumu Te Heuheu, have endorsed the Pfizer vaccine.

They say that everyone has had it and they are encouraging others to protect their whānau and whakapapa.

“This is an important step in ensuring that our inmate, our Tikanga and everything related to being Maori remains here for generations to come,” the trio said in their signed statement.

Gang associates caught with cash and KFC

Police say the criminals were found with

Police say the criminals were found with “a full trunk” of KFC.
Photo: New Zealand Police

Police arrested two gang members who were said to be attempting to cross the Auckland border on a secondary road, with a large amount of cash and KFC.

Police said the couple were detained while officers patrolled back roads near the border.

They were found with more than $ 100,000 in cash and a “trunk full” of KFC.

“Officers noticed a suspicious-looking vehicle traveling down a gravel road, and upon seeing the police car, the vehicle made a U-turn and accelerated, trying to evade police,” a statement said.

When the car stopped, officers discovered they were coming from Hamilton and were trying to enter Auckland.

The vehicle was searched and empty ounce bags were also found, next to the pile of takeout food.

More updates from Monday

You can also review the day’s event by reviewing what was posted on our daily Covid-19 live blog.

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