13 new cases in the community including a truck driver who travelled over the border

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Newstalk ZB,
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Thu, 16 Sep 2021, 12:39PM

13 new cases in the community including a truck driver who travelled over the border

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 16 Sep 2021, 12:39PM

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield provide the latest on the current Covid-19 outbreak and vaccine rates.

Today's Update:

  • There are 13 new cases in the community today, all in Auckland. 
  • This brings the total cases to: Auckland 979 (445 of whom have recovered); Wellington 
  •  17 (15 of whom have recovered), 996 in total 
  • As of this morning, all but one of today's cases have linked to other cases. The other positive test was swabbed as part of wider testing at Middlemore Hospital. 
  • One of today’s cases is a truck driver who has travelled over the Auckland border for work  
  • The driver was tested after isolating after being a household contact of another case. 
  • The truck driver travelled to Hamilton, Cambridge and Tauranga but it's unclear if he was infectious. 
  • There may be no locations of interest, Bloomfield said. 
  • Five of yesterday’s cases had exposure events and seven were in isolation while they were infectious 
  • 19 cases are in hospital, 3 in North Shore, 6 in Auckland and 10 in Middlemore. 4 are in ICU or HDU 
  • More than 9100 swabs were taken across Auckland yesterday. 
  • Around 2300 essential workers were swabbed yesterday. 
  • In all suburbs of interest, around 10 percent of people have been tested since September 1. 
  • From 11:59 this evening all permitted travellers across the Auckland boundary must show proof they have been tested 
  • Police will check compliance from midnight tonight, and those who cannot show proof will be turned back, Bloomfield said. 
  • here is a pop-up testing centre at Mobil station on SH1 near Meremere from tomorrow. 
  • 100,000 rapid test kits arrived in the country yesterday. 
  • Bloomfield acknowledged district nurses working during alert level 4 who are seeing people in their homes, every day. 
  • The first of mobile vaccine buses launched in Auckland this morning. Three launched this morning - one to Lincoln Rd and another at Papakura Station. Twelve will be provided in total thanks to Auckland Airport. 
  • Ardern said there will be a focus on the buses travelling to suburbs where access to vaccinations is more difficult. 
  • Three million doses have been administered nationwide - "a significant milestone", Ardern said. 
  • She wants to see 80% of all Aucklanders vaccinated with their first dose by the end of the week. 
  • She urges anyone who hasn't had their first vaccine to "do it today". 
  • Ardern said bookings aren't required at the Airport park’n’ride, Manurewa vaccination centre, the Otara centre, the Pukekohe and Takanini centres as well. There are also walk in centres at the CBD, in Epsom and Mt Wellington. North Aucklanders can go to Albany or Birkenhead centres for drop in visits. 
  • Ardern says that Cabinet has decided alert level 1. 
  • The most important consideration is that alert level 1 is for an environment with no risk of community transmission. So long as Auckland is in the higher alert levels, we will need a greater preparedness in the rest of the country, Ardern said. 
  • However, Ardern said level 2 was entered on the highest rung and they did not expect the rest of the country would need to remain at this highest rung. 
  • If on Monday Auckland moves to alert level 3, hospitality venues numbers will be increased from 50 to 100 in other parts of the country. 
  • Ardern said the Delta level 2 restrictions were necessary, but Cabinet feels "more comfortable" lifting some of those if Auckland moves down alert levels.