Jacinda Ardern’s government sticks to its elimination strategy despite New Zealand taking a big leap in Covid cases
- New Zealand has registered 45 new cases of Covid – up from eight cases on Tuesday
- Chris Hipkins said numbers wouldn’t change the country’s elimination strategy
- The new cases mark New Zealand’s highest daily figure since Sept. 2
New Zealand’s COVID-19 minister has told Kiwis to ‘hold their nerves’ after a major jump in community COVID-19 cases to 45.
Chris Hipkins said the jump from eight on Tuesday to 45 on Wednesday was “sobering” but would not change NZ’s elimination strategy.
“We’ve already seen blips in this outbreak … and it’s gone down again,” he said.
New Zealand has registered 45 new cases of Covid – up from eight cases on Tuesday (Photo: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern)
“We still need to keep our nerves here… we’re still pursuing COVID-19. We’re still striving to get it in the ground.”
The new cases include the highest daily figure in New Zealand since Sept. 2.
“While the total number is clearly much higher today, it is important to note that many of these cases are related to existing cases and in a sense they were expected,” said Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield.
“More importantly, we found these cases because people came forward and were tested.”
Nurses wait to assist members of the public as the Cook Islands drive through the immunization community event on September 25
Shoppers at Pak n Save Henderson where a vaccination bus was barred from arriving
All 45 cases were found in Auckland, 33 of which were known to be close or domestic contacts of existing cases.
Interviews are ongoing with the 12 cases that have yet to be linked back to the outbreak.
dr. Bloomfield said 12 of the cases were from just two families, and several other cases were from temporary or emergency housing.
On Wednesday, about 1.7 million Aucklanders entered their seventh straight week of lockdown to fight the Delta outbreak.
Auckland shifted from a strict warning level four to a level three lockdown a week ago, allowing for more business and personal education.
dr. Bloomfield urged employers of essential workers to get their staff “vaccinated today.”
“With Auckland at alert level three, some of our cases today may have been working at essential or authorized companies during their contagious periods,” he said.
“This highlights the importance of everyone in Auckland complying with alert level three measures. They’re there for a reason.’
In the total outbreak, 1,230 people have now been infected since the first case was identified on August 17.
Health officials report 16 Kiwis hospitalized with COVID-19, including three in intensive care units.