Minister for COVID-19 Response Chris Hipkins called an urgent press conference this afternoon for a special announcement regarding Covid-19 Alert Levels in Northland.
As of Tuesday 2 November 11.59pm, the northern part of Northland will return to Alert Level 3. This is due to an unlinked case in Taipa. The change in Alert Level will give authorities more time to undertake contact tracing.
Earlier today one new case to report in Kaitaia who is a household member of the Northland case announced yesterday. This brings the region’s total number of cases to 14, with three people now recovered.
All of the cases in Northland are isolating at home with public health oversight.
Public Health interviews continue to identify new locations of interest. People in Northland are encouraged to check the Ministry’s locations of interest web page regularly, which is updated throughout the day. Each location of interest has corresponding advice.
The boundary of the new Alert Level change runs through the middle of the Hokianga harbour to Kaeo.
Currently 88% of New Zealand’s population has had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine with 76% having a second dose. This compares with 85% of Pacific Peoples having received their first dose, and 69% a second dosed.
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