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As Auckland approaches a week after the Alert Level 3 lockdown, health officials are set to reveal whether the number of positive cases in the community continues to rise.
The city had its first weekend with fewer restrictions.
But despite warnings and messages from government and health officials to remember the lockdown rules, it seems the sunny skies and warm weekend temperatures were too tempting – with Mission Bay Beach buzzing with activity.
Many have been seen flouting the rules; Go out on the water and on the beach and sometimes forget about social distancing.
A total of 18 new cases of COVID were identified in the community yesterday afternoon – all in Auckland.
A worrying aspect of the latest update from the Ministry of Health was that of the 16 positive cases announced the day before, eight had been found to be contagious in the community.
The other half of the cases that day were people already isolated.
Of the 18 community cases reported yesterday, 16 were found to be epidemiologically linked. The other two were still under investigation to determine their connection to the current outbreak.
The ministry said that of the 15 epidemiologically linked Covid subgroups, four are still active. Nine are now acquired and two are now dormant.
“There are 10 epidemiologically associated subgroups. Of these, three are contained and seven are inactive, ”says the update.
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Twelve people are fighting the virus in city hospitals – one at North Shore Hospital, five at Middlemore Hospital in South Auckland, and six at Auckland City Hospital in the city center.
Four of these patients are in intensive care or in a long-term care unit.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern this morning reiterated the government’s plan and views on reopening the border next year.
He told TVNZ’s breakfast program that early 2022 will see changes.
Ardern highlighted plans released by the government earlier in the year for a phased approach to reopening the New Zealand border. Managed isolation and quarantine options and ideas were also being explored.
She acknowledged that the country will continue to fight the deadly virus – and again stressed the need for high vaccination rates among the Kiwi population so that the country can live normally again.
Positive cases reported in the community at the end of last week
Meanwhile, health authorities continue to issue places of interest – stores, supermarkets, malls, gas stations and pharmacies – around Auckland.
The locations show that many places were visited with covid on Thursday and Friday until the end of last week.
mangee malli countdown, in downtown Mangere, has been linked to a person diagnosed with the virus, who was shopping between 11:58 a.m. and 12:18 p.m. on Friday, September 24.
The second place to contact Kovid on the same day is Chemist warehouse At Westfield Manukau City Mall on Putney Way.
The patient stayed there for half an hour between 1:13 p.m. and 1:43 p.m. Anyone near the pharmacy is advised to stay at home and get tested immediately.
The six places of interest that have continued over the past few days show that people with the virus were out at various locations on Thursday (September 23).
NOT. Mr. the Butcher The Roscommon Rd. Store, Clendon Park, had one person infected with the virus between 4:01 p.m. and 4:16 p.m. that day.
there was also a positive case Fresh Pacific Food Shop, also on Roscommon Rd from 3:51 p.m. to 4:01 p.m.
Shortly before that, between 3:23 p.m. and 3:43 p.m., there was an infected member of the public. supermarket countdown At Westfield Manukau City Mall.
Unichem Otar One person also visited who had tested positive for Covid on the same day – between 2:58 p.m. and 3:08 p.m.
Chemist warehouse Westfield is linked to a positive case at Manukau City Mall between 3:12 p.m. and 3:22 p.m.
While the last exhibition event takes place on this day bp connect gas station At 199 Weymouth Road, Manurewa. The times concerned are between 10:29 a.m. and 10:39 a.m.
The Department of Health advises anyone living in these four locations – Mr. Meats, Pacific Fresh, Countdown Manukau City and Unichem Otara – to stay home and “test immediately” as well as five days of exposure there. . day after interest.
“Please continue to stay at home until you have a negative test result on the fifth day.”
People who were at one of these locations during the relevant time period are also encouraged to record their visits online, on the ministry’s website or to call Healthline on 0800 611 116 so that contact tracers can contact .