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Alert Level 4 has been extended

Alert Level 4 has been extended

Posted August 23, 2021

Media Release: Government

New Zealand will continue at Alert Level 4 until Friday 27 August at 11.59 pm, with a review on the same day.

Auckland will remain at Alert Level 4 until 11.59 pm Tuesday 31 August. This will be reviewed on Monday 30 August.

An additional 35 cases of COVID-19 were reported today, 33 in Auckland and a further two cases in Wellington, bringing the total number of community cases to 107.

As Auckland is the primary location of cases, current public health advice suggests the region’s time in Alert Level 4 needs to be longer to understand the severity and spread of the outbreak.

The extent of the virus’ spread is not yet clear and Delta’s heightened transmissibility, has led to contacts all over the country.

During the travel window some 8,000 people flew out of Auckland to get home. It has been just 3 days with everyone across the country staying put.

With further wastewater testing results, contact tracing and case information still to come, public health authorities can’t be confident there is no virus elsewhere in New Zealand.

The Delta variant has changed how the country responds to outbreaks. It is more transmissible and difficult to control by testing and contact tracing alone. That’s why New Zealand’s move into an immediate lockdown was so important, and why the safest option is to remain in Alert Level 4 for longer.

All of New Zealand remains at Alert Level 4 until at least 11.59 pm, Friday 27 August.