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New Zealand reported one other 15 instances of coronavirus on the weekend, together with 13 linked to the Auckland cluster that prompted tighter restrictions within the nation’s largest metropolis to be enforced from Monday.
Genomic proof urged the cluster originated within the AmeriCold frozen meals facility, prime minister Jacinda Ardern stated.
She stated the brand new Auckland instances got here from contacts “proper in the beginning of the outbreak”, including: “The tail of this cluster will likely be lengthy.”
She stated that whereas New Zealand as a complete stays at a comparatively relaxed level2, Auckland from Monday could be at a type of stage 2 that Ms Arden stated “I’ll name stage 2.5”.
Social gatherings within the metropolis are restricted to 10 folks. “A lot of this cluster has stemmed from social gatherings and now we have to cease socialising for a time,” the prime minister stated.
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Exemptions could be thought-about for funerals and tangihanga, the Maori loss of life rites, she stated.
Face masks could be obligatory on Auckland public transit for all folks 12 years or older. “I can’t rule out mandating their [wider] use if we see folks not utilizing them,” Ms Ardern stated.
Director of public well being Caroline McElnay stated on Sunday there have been 136 lively instances in New Zealand, of which 20 have been imported.
Well being officers reported two new instances on Sunday after asserting 13 on Saturday.
Each Sunday’s and 11 of Saturday’s instances have been linked to the Auckland cluster, together with six to the Mt Roskill Evangelical Church sub-cluster.
The 2 different instances have been linked to an Air India flight from Delhi that arrived in Auckland on August 23, making a complete of 9 from that plane.