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New Zealand’s finance minister, Grant Robertson, who is giving today’s press briefing, said Auckland is still on track to move down alert levels on Sunday, as testing has occurred in record numbers and the city’s residents have largely complied with restrictions.

Robertson urged Aucklanders to get tested this weekend if showing any cold or flu-like symptoms. Pop-up test sites had been deployed to get as many Aucklanders tested as possible, to ensure there was no “undetected spread” occurring in the community.

“No-one invited Covid in, but there has been a huge amount done in the last few days to keep it out,” Robertson said.

“We’ve done a great job, we’re almost there, let’s finish the job.”

Restrictions on gatherings will apply in Auckland, with only 10 allowed at church gatherings and the like, and 50 for funerals/tangi.

There are five new confirmed community cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, and 7 new imported cases. All of the new five cases are related to the Auckland cluster, and four out of five are in one family.

The seven imported cases all arrived on the same flight on 27th August and are now in isolation.

There are 161 people linked to the community cluster that are in quarantine in Auckland. Eleven people are being treated in hospital, with three in intensive care.

On Thursday, 11,010 tests were processed.

Read the original article at The Guardian

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