High hopes of moving Auckland out of Lockdown next week

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Thirteen new cases in the community today

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Wellington, September 16, 2021

Key things to note

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today that the Cabinet has decided that there will be no changes to the Alert Level 1 settings, noting that Alert Level 2 settings were strengthened in response to the high transmission rate of the Delta variant of Covid-19. 

The changes to the Alert Level 2 settings were made to prevent the spread of Covid-19 beyond the Alert Level 4 boundary.

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Grant Robertson said that the government has decided to top up the Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund (CRRF), further supporting the vaccine rollout and providing targeted economic support.

Rules for crossing boundaries

From 11:59 pm tonight, all workers who need to cross Alert Level boundaries to work at a permitted business must show evidence that they have had a Covid-19 test in the previous seven days, whether they have symptoms or not. This requirement excludes workers who regularly travel across boundaries to respond to emergency calls. There is no cost for essential workers to get a test for this purpose. 

A pop-up testing site will be operating on Friday at Mercer.

The second round of the Wage Subsidy closes at 11:59 pm tonight. 

For more information visit Work and Income.

Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund

The government has announced an extra $7 billion is to be added to the Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund (CRRF). There is also an additional $3 billion available from money previously allocated but not yet spent in the fund.

The extra funding will be targeted at further economic support, building resilience in our health system, supporting the vaccination roll-out, and border and MIQ provision.

Cases And Monitoring

There are 13 new cases of Covid-19, all in Auckland for a total of 996 cases composed of 979 cases in Auckland (445 recovered) in Auckland and 17 cases (15 recovered) in Wellington.  There are five new cases at the border and two historical cases.

There are now 19 cases in hospitals, all in the Auckland area. Of these, four are in ICU.

Yesterday 17,578 Covid tests were processed across New Zealand with 9100 of those tests taken in Auckland. Our 7-day rolling average is 13,000.

An additional wastewater sample has been collected from Snells Beach following the reported detection yesterday, with results expected in the coming days.

Visit the Ministry of Health for more detailed information.

Vaccine Rollout

More than 4.5 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered. Of these, three million people have had their first dose and over 1.5 million people have had their second dose and are fully vaccinated.

Vaccination progress for Iwi/Maori: First doses: 278,614; Second doses: 133,830

Vaccination progress for Pacific peoples: First doses: 180,003; Second doses: 92,498; 62,782 doses of the vaccine were administered on September 15, 2021. Of these, 39,775 were first doses and 23,007 were second doses.

2,978,105 people have had at least one dose (71% of people aged 12 and over). Of these, 1,529,839 are fully vaccinated with two doses (36% of people aged 12 and over). 90% of people aged 65+ have been vaccinated with one dose, 77% have had their second.

There are more than 1.6 million bookings available on BookMyVaccine.

Vaccination buses have been added to the vaccine rollout to communities who may be finding it difficult to access existing services. Three buses began working in South Auckland today with three more buses to be deployed in the next few days.

Visit the Ministry of Health for further detailed information.

Auckland Vaccine Statistics

As of midnight yesterday, more than 26,218 vaccinations were administered in Auckland, which is 42% of the vaccinations administered in New Zealand.

To date, Auckland DHBs have vaccinated 1,052,646 people, with 540,607 people fully vaccinated.

For all updates, please visit unite against covid-19
Source: Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Wellington

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