Coronavirus: New Zealand will remain at alert level 4 for four more days

Publish Date
Friday, 27 August 2021, 3:04PM

The Prime Minister has revealed New Zealand's level 4 lockdown will be extended nationwide for another four days until 11.59pm on Tuesday 31 August.

The additional time gives health experts a full 14-day cycle of data and information since the country went into lockdown on Tuesday night last week.

All going to plan, all of the country - except Auckland and Northland - would then drop to level 3 next Tuesday.

The decision to keep Northland in level four has been made, partly due to a positive case in Warkworth.

When Auckland settings are confirmed on Monday, an update for Northland will be provided.

Level 3 means allowing gatherings to 10 and opening up limited hospitality services, but still prevented large gatherings - including most businesses and schools.

No regional travel is allowed, except for level four who need to travel for work or someone with an exemption.

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Today 70 new cases were announced.

The total number of cases in the community is now at 347. Of these, 333 are in Auckland and 14 are in Wellington.

The Ministry of Health is still investigating how Covid was transferred from the New South Wales returnee at the Crowne Plaza into the community and is focusing on an open walkway while the case was in the lobby.

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