Auckland will move to Alert Level 1 on Wednesday, October 7 at 11.59pm, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced.
“On the basis of the success and effectiveness of our elimination strategy, and on the advice of the Director General of Heath, Cabinet has confirmed Auckland will join the rest of new Zealand at Alert Level 1 from 11.59pm this Wednesday, the 7th of October.”
Ardern said all signs pointed to the previous outbreak being under control, adding there was a 95 per cent probability of the Auckland cluster being eliminated.
“Much was at stake with this resurgence of Covid. It was a test of our plan,” she said.
Ardern said many found it harder this time around.
“Despite that, Aucklanders and New Zealanders have stuck to the plan that has worked twice now, and bet the virus again.
“We put our heads down and we got on with it.”
Cabinet made the decision today.
Prior to that, Auckland was at so-called Alert Level 2.5 since August 30, after moving to Alert Level 3 at the beginning of the August community outbreak.
It has been 10 days without any community cases in New Zealand, after the outbreak that began on August 12.
There was one new case of Covid-19 today, a person in managed isolation who arrived from Hong Kong on Thursday.
Yesterday, Ardern said from the results “that we’ve had coming through, that things have been tracking as we expected”.
“Things with the original cluster have tracked well. We’ve got day 12 testing that we’d expected off the back of those who were connected to the Christchurch case, so of course some of those may still generate additional cases, keeping in mind they’re all still in isolation though.
“But I make no assumptions until we make the decision as a Cabinet, based on the latest advice from the Director-General.”
Ardern said the time lag was due to the need for 48 hours to bring any changes into force legally.
-RNZ/NZ COVID WEBSITE