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L4 Lockdown Extended

New Zealand to stay at Alert Level 4 until 11.59pm on Tuesday August 24.

What to do if you have been at a location listed below

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Ministry of Health

COVID-19: Contact tracing locations of interest

Locations of interest for people who may be contacts of COVID-19 cases in the community. Contacts who attended one of the locations in New Zealand during the relevant times are asked to follow the directions below.      Locations of Interest

 

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Covid-19: Masks to be mandatory at all essential stores, Government announces

The Government has announced face masks will be mandatory for people over the age of 12 when accessing essential services.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said from 11.59pm on Wednesday staff and customers must wear masks at essential services, such as supermarkets, pharmacies, dairies and service stations.

Masks must also now be worn at bus terminals and in taxis.

L4 Locations of Interest

UPDATED AS AT: 1.55pm, 18 August (additional times for Driving Creek Railway Tours added)
If you’ve been at a location of interest, you need to self-isolate and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453. This is free and you can call any time, it is open all day every day.

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National Immunisation Schedule:

Keep on vaccinating during Level 4
With New Zealand entering Level 4 lock down, we want to remind everyone about the importance of continuing with all Schedule vaccinations which are permitted to continue over this period.

This is different from COVID-19 vaccination clinics which carry a greater risk for spreading COVID-19 as places where many people congregate. COVID-19 vaccinations have been paused for up to 48 hours to ensure these clinics are well prepared with public health protection measures in place to prevent any spread.
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All of New Zealand moves to Alert Level 4 from 11:59pm tonight.

All of New Zealand moves to Alert Level 4 from 11:59pm tonight.

What happens at Alert Level 4

 

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Reminder to keep up Covid-safe measures

New Zealanders are being reminded to stay home if sick and call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for testing advice, keep scanning QR codes through the NZ Covid Tracer app, wear a face covering on public transport, and when you can’t keep a 2-meter distance from others, and practice good hygiene by washing your hands often and coughing and sneezing into your elbow.

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Health officials are investigating 1 new case of COVID-19 in the community

A positive case of COVID-19 has been identified in the community early this afternoon and is now under investigation.

We will provide further updates once additional information comes to hand.

The case is located in Auckland and a link between the case and the border or managed isolation is yet to be established.

The Auckland Regional Public Health unit is undertaking interviews with the case for contact tracing purposes.

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Nurses Union, Midwives Union to strike this Thursday, 19 August

This Thursday, 19 August, members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) and the Midwifery Union (MERAS) plan to strike at all DHBs including Counties Manukau Health. What times are the strikes taking place?
The Midwifery strike is from 0800-2000. The Nursing strike is from 1100-1930.

Severe Weather Warnings & Watches

Heavy rain and severe gales for parts of New Zealand, including the Chatham Islands
A series of active fronts and troughs embedded in disturbed westerlies continue to affect New Zealand until Wednesday. These fronts are expected to bring further periods of heavy rain and gale force winds to many regions of southern and central New Zealand, where heavy rain and strong wind warnings and watches remain in force.

People are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts in case any changes are made or further areas are added.
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