Coronavirus live news: France hits back at UK quarantine as New Zealand extends Auckland lockdownAugust 14, 2020
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“As we have said from the start, our overall Covid-19 strategy remains elimination. That means stamping out the virus whenever it comes back.”
“We have been world-leading in our Covid response – we can do all of that again. 1.5 million New Zealanders in our biggest city is carrying a heavy load for our team of 5 million right now.”
“We can once again pull together to eliminate Covid.”
“Stay safe, safe kind, and stay well everyone.”
The prime minister is now taking questions, and says an entire lockdown for all of the North Island was not considered or advised by the director-general of health.
More now on the extension of the current alert levels in New Zealand:
“We know the incubation period for Covid-19, and our experience of the previous cluster means we can expect to see more cases as part of this cluster – it will grow before it slows,” Ardern said.
It will continue being linked to schools, workplaces and church events, the prime minister said.
“In keeping with our precautionary approach and New Zealand’s hard and early philosophy, the cabinet has agreed to maintain the current settings for a further 12 days.”
Auckland will remain at level 3, and the rest of the country will remain at level 2.
These alert levels will end on Wednesday 26th August, and the decision on alert levels will be reviewed on the 21st of August.
“There is nothing to suggest we need to move to a level 4 lockdown at this stage,” Ardern said, as there was so far only one cluster.
The prime minister reiterated this point, as she said many New Zealanders were nervous of a wider Level 4 lockdown.
The wage subsidy would be extended nationwide and will cover the period of time Level 3 restrictions remain in place.