Chris Hipkins says Aucklanders should prepare for lockdown extension

Source: 1News

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says Aucklanders should "be preparing to be at home for a bit longer".

Appearing on Q+A with Jack Tame, Hipkins didn't have any overnight case numbers to share, after there were 21 new Covid cases yesterday.

There are 51 people infected in our first Delta outbreak.

He said it was likely the Level 4 lockdown, which is due to end at Tuesday night, will be extended in Auckland at least.

"At the moment, I still don't know what's likely to happen in Wellington we've still got a relatively low number of locations of interest there, at least one of our cases basically didn't go anywhere in Wellington," he said.

"Still a question mark there."

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 18: People are tested at a pop up Covid 19 testing station in Woodall Park carpark in Narrowneck, Devonport as Auckland wakes to level four lockdown and four more cases on August 18, 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand. The first reported case of the Covid Delta variant is a Devonport local. Level 4 lockdown restrictions have come into effect across New Zealand for the next three days, while Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula will remain in lockdown for seven days after a positive COVID-19 case was confirmed in the community in Auckland on Tuesday. The positive case traveled to Coromandel over the weekend and the source of the infection is still unknown. New Zealand health officials are also yet to confirm whether it is the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus. Under COVID-19 Alert Level 4 measures, people are instructed to stay at home in their bubble other than for essential reasons, with travel severely limited. All non-essential businesses are closed, including bars, restaurants, cinemas and playgrounds. All indoor and outdoor events are banned, while schools have switched to online learning. Essential services remain open, including supermarkets and pharmacies. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

"In Auckland we are still picking up significant numbers of cases, significant numbers of locations of interest. If I was an Aucklander I would certainly be preparing to be at home for a bit longer."

He said an alert level split between regions was possible, provided there weren't cases.

"It's likely at some point there will be some differentiation around the country if we don't see spread into other parts of the country."