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Live updates, August 29: MIQ worker tests positive; Ardern and Bloomfield to update case numbers

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All the latest news lines as New Zealand enters its second delta lockdown weekend. Send your thoughts, tips and pics to info@thespinoff.co.nz. Our coverage of the Covid-19 story is funded by Spinoff Members. Your support makes a real difference. What you need to know Yesterday 82 new cases in the community were reported, bringing the total […]

All the latest news lines as New Zealand enters its second delta lockdown weekend. Send your thoughts, tips and pics to info@thespinoff.co.nz. Our coverage of the Covid-19 story is funded by Spinoff Members. Your support makes a real difference. 

What you need to know

9.00am: MIQ worker tests positive for Covid-19

A staff member from the Four Points Sheraton managed isolation facility has tested positive for Covid-19, but it’s not clear whether this case is connected to the community delta outbreak, reports Stuff. Genome sequencing is under way, and the Ministry of Health will provide an update today.

8.45am: New locations of interest

Somewhat reassuringly, new locations of interest have been few. Overnight, they dropped from 495 to 471, as the earliest locations have been removed, apparently no longer deemed to pose a public health risk. New ones added yesterday afternoon and evening include Northcote College on Tuesday August 17 – the Auckland high school had previously been listed only for Wednesday, August 18 – and a “strategic dynamics class” in WH125 at AUT’s city campus. There were also bus routes, the NZ School of Tourism and earlier in the day, a Manurewa childcare centre.

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A new feature to the Ministry of Health’s locations of interest page is the ability to record your visit to a location of interest.

8.30am: Where we’re at

Ata mārie and welcome. On Friday afternoon the prime minister announced that most of the country will move from the strictest, alert level four lockdown to level three as of Wednesday. Most means everywhere south of the Auckland region (see map below). Tomorrow, cabinet will be deciding when Auckland’s alert level settings will be next be reviewed, with Jacinda Ardern making an announcement at tomorrow afternoon’s post-cabinet press conference. On Friday she indicated Tāmaki Makaurau would likely need at least another fortnight – the sum of two full transmission cycles – at level four.

Yesterday, there was confirmation of 82 new cases of Covid-19, the highest daily total yet. That has brought the total in the delta community outbreak to 429. All are in Auckland, apart from 14 in Wellington. Vaccination rates are ticking along, with a new record of more than 90,000 doses on Friday.

Today’s new cases will be revealed at a 1pm press conference fronted by Ardern and director general of health Ashley Bloomfield. Fingers crossed for the longed for “plateauing” of case numbers.

Below, three charts that give a good sense of the state of things, from our head of data Harkanwal Singh.

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And that map:

Source: The Spinoff https://thespinoff.co.nz/business/29-08-2021/live-updates-august-29-miq-worker-tests-positive-ardern-and-bloomfield-to-provide-covid-update/

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