Coronavirus: New Zealand will maintain its current alert levels for 12 more days

Publish Date
Friday, 14 August 2020, 5:30PM

New Zealand will maintain its current lockdown settings for 12 more days.

That would mean the current settings will be in place for 14 days - or one full incubation period.

The current settings will remain until 11.59pm on Wednesday 26 August, but Cabinet will review the settings on Friday 21 August, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has just announced.

"There is nothing to suggest we need to move to a level 4 lockdown at this stage," she said.

Auckland shouldn't be at level 3 for any longer than necessary.

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"But it is wise to take a bit of extra time."

Ardern said it had been 53 hours since Auckland was in level 3, while the rest of NZ was in level 2.

She said the aim was to restore level 1 freedoms as quickly as possible.

More than 30,000 tests have taken place, and 38 people are in quarantine as a precaution.

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