Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield provided an update on the latest community cases and vaccine rollout.
What you need to know:
- Jacinda Ardern says vaccine demand has been at 180% recently, per capita making the rollout in recent weeks higher than the peaks in places like Canada and the UK
- To keep up with this surge demand the Government had been negotiating with Pfizer and other countries to increase supply
- Additional supply was being finalised for September, Ardern said. Final contracts were still being signed so she could not finalise countries nor quantities, but they were Pfizer vaccines
- This would also allow New Zealand to continue its vaccine sharing arrangements with Pacific nations
- Ardern said there remained enough vaccines in the country to keep up with surge demand. Extra supplies had been secured from multiple countries and more details could be revealed in "a matter of days", Ardern said
- She said 682,000 vaccines were in stock, the vast majority at sites already nationwide
- She also said more than enough vaccines for every eligible New Zealander had been ordered and there would be enough vaccines for the Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue as well
- There are 21 cases in the community, bringing the total outbreak to 841, 147 recovered
- 1 case is to be determined whether it is a community case or a border case
- 39 are in hospital, 6 in ICU, 4 require ventilation
- Ashley Bloomfield said all current cases in the outbreak were genomically linked to the first Delta case in New Zealand
- Yesterday just over 7000 swabs were processed yesterday, including about 5800 in Auckland. This was a significant increase from the prior days, but Bloomfield said people needed to keep coming forward to get tested.
- He said testing in Auckland would need to reach about 7,000 per day before any alert level changes. "The number of symptomatic people has dropped...we're supplementing that with the targeted testing of some of our essential workplaces."
- He also announced that saliva testing will soon be available
- More than 66,000 vaccinations were given yesterday. Over 60% of New Zealanders have had one dose so far, and nearly a third are now fully vaccinated
- Ardern says all businesses are eligible for the wage subsidy as long as any part of the country is in level 3 or 4. These businesses still needed to meet the criteria of a 40 per cent reduction revenue
- At alert level 2 you are required to wear a mask when using transport, but now you must wear a mask when visiting places such as malls or museums
- To reduce risk, public buses will not be able to take standing passengers, this does not apply to school services
- Northland residents will be able to travel through Auckland, but would need to have evidence of where they were going
- To reduce delays at the border, Ardern asked people to have their paperwork ready
Cabinet will meet on Monday next week to reassess the alert levels for the whole country, including Auckland.