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Prime Minister Ardern is warning to expect the number of Covid cases to rise again today as the highly contagious Delta variant continues to spread through households and the community.
There are currently more than 400 locations of interest, with the latest Auckland locations including supermarkets, takeaway outlets, the Auckland Art Gallery and now a new school: Green Bay High.
A lecturer at Victoria University in Wellington has also tested positive but students have been reassured the university was not a location of interest due to the person not working at the time they were considered contagious.
Meanwhile, the Government is still investigating how the original transmission occurred from the New South Wales returnee who was staying in MIQ at the Crown Plaza.
Ardern told RNZ they were still working through “some theories” regarding whether or not a Covid outbreak happened at a walkway at the Crowne Plaza.
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Crowne Plaza was no longer being used as a MIQ facility as a result.
She said what they were seeing, with the Delta variant, is that when one person is contracting the virus, the rest of the household is too.
It is hoped they would get to a point where Delta was confined only to those households.
The new cases still arising were people infected before the lockdown, which is why she was still expecting case numbers to peak before starting to drop away, she said.
“Just expect it, we are,” she told Newshub.
Contact tracing alone was very difficult when there were so many locations of interest, which is why the country needed to remain in lockdown to stop the spread, she said.
Meanwhile, by September 1, anyone wanting to get the Covid vaccine will be eligible regardless of their age as the Government works towards its aim of having it available to everyone by the end of the year.
Covid Response Minister Chris Hipkins told Newstalk ZB the Government had not yet signed an agreement for boosters but they did have 1.5million in “principal agreement” about what they could access and when.
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