Covid-19 coronavirus: No new cases of virus in community after NZ moves down alert levels

There are no new Covid-19 cases in the community today after some “strong” testing numbers in the last 48 hours.

There are three new cases of Covid-19 in our managed isolation facilities.

Covid-19 Minister Chris Hipkins and health chief Ashley Bloomfield are announcing the latest information on new cases of Covid-19 at the Beehive.

At midnight Auckland moved out of level 3 lockdown after Cabinet – on health advice from Bloomfield – decided the Covid cases were well-contained and it was safe to move the region into alert level 2.

Bloomfield said the fact there were no new cases in the community provided continued assurance the outbreak was contained.

Bloomfield urged Kiwis to check the locations of interest identified by the Ministry of Health and follow the instructions for each location.

As of 11.30am this morning, all 31 close contacts from Papatoetoe High School have tested negative – besides the student who tested positive yesterday.

There were 1490 casual plus contacts – of those 1398 have tested negative.

Ninety-one results are still outstanding, but of those health officials are working to match 75 results with health records.

Bloomfield said any student or teacher at every school in New Zealand who felt ill should stay home and get advice about whether to get a test. Papaptoetoe school is closed until Monday.

Student worked at McDonald's

One of the cases yesterday worked a “short shift” at McDonald’s on Cavendish Drive and anyone who was there at the same time is considered low-risk.

Some co-workers were identified as close contacts and will be self-isolating for 14 days and tested twice

Masks compulsory on public transport

Hipkins reminded all New Zealanders they now have to wear face coverings on public transport.

The rest of the country is now in alert level 1 but masks are still mandatory on public transport.

This requirement will be reviewed by Cabinet on Monday alongside the current alert levels.

The Cook Strait ferry is an exception to the masks on public transport rule.

In Ubers and taxis drivers have to wear masks and passengers are encouraged to wear one.

Hipkins said the spike in Covid Tracer scans needed to continue.

“Everybody please keep scanning QR Codes.”

Staff at a South Auckland workplace where a woman tested positive for Covid-19 have all tested negative for the virus.

LSG Sky Chefs, based in Māngere, made the announcement in a statement to media just before 10.30am.

“A comprehensive test of all LSG Sky Chefs employees – conducted mainly on site by a task force from the local health authority – showed that no other member of the workforce is infected,” a spokeswoman for the company said.

The Māngere facility for LSG Sky Chefs, near the Auckland international and domestic airports, is the workplace of a woman from the family in Papatoetoe that tested positive for Covid-19 – and resulted in Auckland going into an alert level 3 lockdown at the weekend.

Yesterday there were three new cases of Covid-19 in the community but they all had a direct link to the original Covid-positive family.

One of the cases yesterday was a classmate at Papatoetoe High School of one the earlier cases – the other two cases were her sibling and mother.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warned there could be more cases that crop up but they were confident the outbreak was well-contained.

There have been close to 23,000 tests taken since the first new community cases were discovered.

But there was still one close contact whose test was outstanding and 363 “casual plus” contacts’ tests outstanding.

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