New Zealand extends COVID-19 alert level in capital

People wearing face masks wait for a bus on the first day of New Zealand’s new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) safety measure, which requires wearing a mask on public transport, in Auckland, New Zealand, on Aug. 31, 2020. REUTERS / Fiona Goodall

June 27 (Reuters) – New Zealand will extend the COVID-19 alert level in the capital Wellington by two days as authorities announced on Sunday that there is still a risk from an Australian tourist who died after visiting the city on Tested positive for the corona virus last weekend.

Wellington, which switched to level 2 alert on Wednesday, will now remain at that level through Tuesday.

“It is clear that we are not out of the woods yet,” said Chris Hipkins, Minister for COVID-19 Response, at a press conference. “More testing and more results are needed for us to feel confident about making a decision to lower the alert levels.”

The move means social distancing rules will apply across the city, but offices, schools and businesses may remain open.

New Zealand suspended quarantine-free travel from Australia for three days on Saturday, saying there are too many cases and outbreaks. Continue reading

“The three-day hiatus will give us time to see if we need to take additional action and it will give us time to better understand the situation in Australia,” said Hipkins.

Reporting by Lidia Kelly in Melbourne; Adaptation by William Mallard

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