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New Zealand is moving to ALERT LEVEL 2 at 12pm on Wednesday the 12th of August.

Auckland will be at alert level 3.

Keep a distance, wear your masks, wash your hands. If you're sick stay home and contact your GP or Healthline. Keep track of where you've been and who you've seen. You can learn more about our alert level and its restrictions at www.covid19.govt.nz.

For an update on cases head to the Ministry of Health's current cases page.

ALERT LEVEL 2

There is a COVID-19 Alert Level System in place across New Zealand.

Origins

Coronavirus is a large group of viruses which cause illnesses such as the common cold. COVID-19 was first reported in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

Symptoms

A dry cough. fever, fatigue shortness of breath, sore throat. Its difficult to differentiate between COVID-19 and the common flu.

Symptoms take anywhere from 2 to 10 days to show after a person has been infected and not everyone has symptoms.

What to do at Level 2

  • Physical distancing at work and school
  • Wear masks if you can in public
  • Gatherings limited to 100
  • Contract tracing required-stay home if you're sick

View the full alert system here.

Tikanga Māori

We have been asked to refrain from physical contact to prevent COVID-19 spreading further. This means suspending customs like hongi or harirū alongside kissing, hugging and other forms of close contact.

Response Stage

We are at Level 2: Reduce. There is a risk of community transmission in NZ.

COVID-19 Waves

We are currently working across Waves 3 and 4 of the Pandemic. This involves transitioning from a medical and clinical focus to a social and employment one.

COVID19 Waves

Testing and assessment

Contact your GP if you think you need to be tested. Tests are currently operated through pathlab via GP referral.

How It Spreads

Like the common flu, COVID-19 spreads from person to person — through coughing, sneezing and conversations.

It can also sit on surfaces and can be picked up through touch afterwards—where the hand then touches mouth, nose or face.

Impact

Once patients have been diagnosed with COVID-19 the majority go on to make a full recovery.

The elderly (60+) are the most vulnerable part of our population.

How Long Will It Take to Develop A Vaccine?

Most vaccines take months if not years to develop. It's still helpful to get your annual flu vaccine - to protect you from influenza and keep the pressure off New Zealand's medical services.

What does Flattening the Curve Mean?

As cases increase, the curve gets higher. In order to stop the virus from spreading and flatten the curve, the government puts in place social controls to prevent interaction, assembly and movement.

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