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All of New Zealand at COVID-19 Alert Level 1 / Severe Weather Warning for the Bay of Plenty

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All of New Zealand at COVID alert level 1 / Severe Weather Warning for Bay of Plenty

Severe Weather Warning (Orange) in place for the Bay of Plenty.

Expect 80 to 100mm of rain to accumulate about inland areas, including the ranges, with 50 to 70mm elsewhere. Peak intensities 10 to 20mm/hr Wednesday morning and afternoon.

Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.

Keep up-to-date by visiting the MetService website 

All of New Zealand at COVID alert level 1- masks mandatory on flights

Masks (or face coverings) are now required on flights anywhere in the country, as well as on public transport in Auckland. The latest and best advice can be found at www.covid19.govt.nz

Be sure to follow good hand and cough/sneeze hygiene, stay home if you are sick and get tested if you have symptoms. If you do have COVID symptoms, call your GP or Healthline. 

New rules over face-coverings on public transport

Masks will need to be worn on all public transport in Auckland and in and out of Auckland and on domestic flights throughout the country from this Thursday. For the latest: www.covid19.govt.nz

From 11:59pm on Wednesday 18 November, face coverings legally must be worn:

on all public transport to, from and through Auckland
on domestic flights throughout New Zealand
by Auckland taxi and ride-share drivers — while it’s not compulsory for passengers to wear them, we strongly encourage you to.
Children under the age of 12 will be exempt, as will people with certain medical conditions.

Students will not need to wear masks on school buses, but drivers will be required to.

A face covering helps stop droplets spreading when someone speaks, laughs, coughs or sneezes. This includes someone who has COVID-19 but feels well or has no obvious symptoms.

Changes to face coverings on planes and public transport

Changes are pending for public transport in Auckland and on flights anywhere in New Zealand. Everyone is encouraged to keep a thorough record of their movements – scan the QR code when you see one displayed or create a manual diary entry. For the latest: www.covid19.govt.nz

Good hygiene, staying home if sick and getting a test if you have symptoms remain the advice during level 1.

Call your GP or healthline if you have symptoms. 

New community case in Auckland

While we await potential further developments in Auckland after the discovery of a new community case this week, the usual advice on tracing, testing and hygiene applies, and the best place for information remains www.covid19.govt.nz

* Stay home if you are sick, and get tested if you have symptoms. Gall your GP or Healthline for advice (always call your doctor first if you suspect COVID symptoms to give them advance warning that you will be coming in). 

* Practice good personal hygiene including frequent hand washing and coughing/sneezing into your elbow. 

* Consider using face coverings on public transport and other places where you are unable to stay distant from strangers. 

* Use the COVID tracer app (or a notebook) to record where you have been.

All of New Zealand at COVID alert level 1 (5)

Vaccine to get Medsafe check before NZ release in NZ: A new experimental COVID-19 vaccine will be evaluated by New Zealand’s medicines authority Medsafe before it can be used in this country.

The Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has received promising results from its clinical trials.

New Zealand will initially have access to 1.5 million doses. Our country’s vaccine taskforce has pre-purchased enough of this particular vaccine for 750,000 people. For the vaccine to be effective, each person needs to receive two doses. 

Once the vaccine is approved by Medsafe, it will be first given to mainly frontline workers and vulnerable communities. It may be possible to have some doses of the vaccine in the early part of 2021.

The Ministry of Health is developing a process for delivering a tested and effective vaccine. Three broad groups of people are being considered – people who are at greater risk of spreading COVID-19, people with an increased risk of catching the virus, and those with increased risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19.

The Government has set aside $66 million to ensure New Zealand is ready to launch a COVID-19 Immunisation Programme as soon as a safe and effective vaccine is available.

Globally, the vaccine’s makers, Pfizer and BioNTech, expect to make enough of the new vaccine for 25 million people this year, and another 650 million next year.

 

Some vouchers becoming available

Travellers wanting to get to New Zealand in time for Christmas can still have hope as some managed isolation and quarantine vouchers are freed up by the changing travel plans of others.

The complex nature of international travel during this global pandemic means widespread changes to flight schedules, affecting travel plans for people with vouchers for managed isolation facilities. 

As people’s plans change, they find their vouchers are no longer required. As a result, we’re starting to see a limited number of vouchers becoming available again. 

For example, for a single day in December, there were more than 300 vouchers returned to the system. This re-release will ensure these rooms don’t go to waste. 

If you have a voucher you won’t be using, please go onto the MIAS website and cancel your booking as soon as possible so that someone else can get home.

Keep doing the right things

The latest community cases are an important lesson for everyone. If you become unwell, get a test.  

Testing quickly means we can reduce the risk of the virus spreading, and that puts us in a good position to contain any outbreak. 

Preventing a resurgence of COVID-19 in the community relies on everyone doing their bit. Alert Level One is not ‘alert level none’. 

We have beaten outbreaks in the community before and we can do it again, but we all need to be prepared and act now: use the NZ COVID Tracer app, stay home and call about a test if you are sick, and wash your hands regularly.

COVID-19 case update

There is one case of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand today – and it is in managed isolation. There are no community cases.

There are 52 active cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand. The total number of confirmed cases in 2020 to date is 1,631.

There are now 2,347,700 registered users of the NZ COVID Tracer app.

All of New Zealand at COVID alert level 1 (4)

All of New Zealand remains at COVID alert level one. For more: www.covid19.govt.nz

All of New Zealand at COVID alert level 1/Severe Weather Warnings for Bay of Plenty

Expect 80 to 100mm of rain to accumulate about inland areas, including the ranges, with 50 to 70mm elsewhere. Peak intensities 10 to 20mm/hr Wednesday morning and afternoon. Keep an eye on your current weather forecasts at www.metservice.com All of New Zealand remains at COVID alert level one. For more: www.covid19.govt.nz

All of New Zealand at COVID alert level 1 (3)

COVID level 1 still requires effective hygiene measures, monitoring for symptoms, testing and staying home if you are unwell. Use of the NZ COVID tracer app is encouraged where possible. For updates: www.covid19.govt.nz

 

The NZ COVID Tracer app keeps us one step ahead of the virus. 

If you don’t have a smartphone, use another method like pen and paper to keep a record.

Testing is available all over New Zealand. Testing is always free, no matter when or where you get tested. 

Call Healthline if you have symptoms 0800 358 5453

Need to talk? For mental health help, call or text 1737

Free helpline for businesses, offering advice and access to Government business support, HR and general business advice and access to online resources and webinars. Call 0800 500 362 for North Island, or 0800 50 50 96 for South Island.

All of New Zealand at Covid alert level 1 (2)

All New Zealanders are urged to: keep a record of your movements by using the NZ COVID Tracer app, stay home if you are sick and call Healthline or your GP to ask about getting tested, and to practice good hygiene.

* Wherever you can, use the NZ COVID tracer app

* If you are sick, self isolate immediately and call to get a test

* You are urged to wear a mask on public transport or planes

*If you are sick, you are urged not to travel or socialise

 

 

 

All of New Zealand at Covid alert level 1 (1)

Stay safe during Labour Weekend Please remember to take all the usual precautions this Labour Weekend. Long weekends and fine weather are a great opportunity to socialise – but keep doing those good hygiene practices to protect our hard won gains. for all updates: www.covid19.govt.nz

If you’re sick

If you have cold or flu symptoms we recommend you stay home, and call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice about getting tested.

 

Symptoms include:

  • a new or worsening cough
  • a fever of at least 38°C
  • shortness of breath
  • sore throat
  • sneezing and runny nose 
  • temporary loss of smell.

These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as colds and flu.

Shortness of breath is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention.

Less common symptoms

Some people may also have less common symptoms such as only: 

  • fever
  • diarrhoea
  • headache
  • muscle pain
  • nausea and vomiting
  • confusion and irritability.

If you have any of these symptoms, contact your doctor, Healthline or your iwi health provider.

Time for symptoms to appear

We do not yet know how long symptoms take to show after a person has been infected, but current World Health Organization assessments suggest that it’s 2 to 10 days.

All of New Zealand at Covid alert level 1

Please stay home if you are sick and take normal precautions. For the latest update, always check www.covid19.co.nz

Although we are al level 1, it is still important to practice good hygiene and be vigilant for any symptoms. If you are concerned, contact your GP or Healthline 0800 611 116 

School holiday travel at Covid alert levels 1 and 2

Face coverings are mandatory on public transport within Auckland, and on all inter-regional public transport journeys to, from and through, the Auckland region. This includes flights, and inter-regional buses or trains. People outside Auckland are encouraged to wear masks on public transport. www.covid19.govt.nz

Stay home and don’t travel if you are sick. Instead call your doctor or Healthline for advice. Get tested if you are asked to.

If you’re away on holiday and start to feel unwell with symptoms similar to a cold or the flu, self-isolate and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice.

Continue the good hygiene, physical distancing, and contact tracing practices that have helped restrict the spread of COVID-19 so far.

We strongly encourage Aucklanders who leave the region to ‘take their Alert Level with them’. This means maintain physical distancing, avoid large gatherings, and wear a face covering in crowded or confined spaces such as shops or on public transport.

For those visiting Auckland, while you are in Auckland gatherings are restricted to a maximum of 100 people and you must wear a face covering on public transport.

Bay of Plenty remains at Covid alert level 1

Auckland is at Alert Level 2. The rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 1. We ask that everyone continue with the good hygiene and contact tracing practices that have helped contain the spread of COVID-19 so far. for the latest, www.covid19.co.nz

If you have cold or flu-like symptoms, please stay home and call Healthline for free on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor for advice about getting tested. Remember, it is free to get tested.

The school holidays are coming up and everyone can travel, but please be cautious and considerate, particularly if you plan to travel to, from, or through Auckland. 

Stay home and don’t travel if you are sick. Call your doctor or Healthline for advice on getting tested, and get tested if you are asked to.

We ask that everyone continues the good practices that have helped restrict the spread of COVID-19 so far: handwashing, sneezing into your elbow, keeping your distance from people you don’t know, and tracking your movements.

Wearing a face covering helps keep you and others safe. Face coverings are required on public transport within Auckland, and on all inter-regional public transport journeys to, from and through, the Auckland region. This includes flights, and inter-regional buses or trains.

We strongly encourage Aucklanders who leave the region to ‘take their Alert Level with them’ by continuing to avoid gatherings of over 100 people and wearing masks on public transport. For visitors to Auckland, remember that gatherings are restricted to 100 people and you must wear a face covering on public transport.

 

Bay of Plenty is at Covid alert level 1

Auckland remains at a higher alert level than the rest of the country. be aware of this if you are travelling to or through Auckland. For the latest advice, www.covid19.co.nz

At alert level 1:

Stay home if you are sick. Call Healthline or your doctor for advice on getting tested. Get tested if you are asked.
If you have cold or flu-like symptoms, please do not travel. Stay home.
Only Aucklanders are still required to wear a face covering on public transport, but others outside of Auckland are encouraged to do so. Wherever you are, face coverings are encouraged where physical distancing is difficult.
Wash and dry your hands regularly. Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
Keep track of your movements, using the NZ COVID Tracer app if you can. We need everyone to do this at all Alert Levels, not just if there are cases in your area. This is because when a case appears, we need to trace their movements for up to two weeks prior.
Businesses must continue to display QR codes.