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New Zealand to relax COVID-19 restrictions in most regions next week

New Zealand reported three new imported Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, all now being treated at a managed isolation facility, according to the Health Ministry.

"There are 56 people linked to the community cluster who remain in the Auckland quarantine facility, which includes 26 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their household contacts".

It's unclear how many of them have had their test results returned.

"As stated by the Director General, 'this outbreak continues to best fit the description of Alert Level 2 in Auckland (with limited community transmission occurring), and Alert Level 1 elsewhere (with a low risk of cases spreading from Auckland, and no evidence yet that spread has in fact happened)'".

New Zealand will lift coronavirus restrictions across the country on September 21, except in its biggest city, Auckland, which is the epicenter of a second wave of infections, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday.

They have been in managed isolation at the Ibis Hotel in Rotorua, according to the Ministry.

Auckland has spent the past two weeks at Covid-19 alert level "2.5", after two-and-a-half weeks in a level 3 "lockdown". Two are in ICU, at North Shore and Waikato hospitals.

The number of active cases has reached 83 in New Zealand. On Monday, there was one new case of the virus in the community, and on Sunday a healthcare worker at the Jet Park quarantine facility was confirmed as having the virus.

"Of those, 28 are imported cases in MIQ facilities, and 55 are community cases".

Ardern, speaking from Dunedin after a virtual Cabinet meeting on Monday, said the aim was to move "speedily down" alert levels, but the director-general of health had advised a short extension of current restrictions.

On Sunday, laboratories processed 3573 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 868,042. Health officials are in the process of contacting the remainder.

"The public health unit is continuing to investigate how the infection occurred".

The app has recorded a total of 59,103,231 poster scans, and users have created 2,894,932 manual diary entries in NZ COVID Tracer.



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