Locations of interest approaching 500 as more times are announced

Source: 1News

The number of locations of interest linked to the current community outbreak is approaching 500, with the latest round of additions including another church service and a mall in St Heliers.

The list of locations is now at 488 after eight were added at 4pm on Wednesday. They include St Heliers mall, a West Auckland Warehouse, an Otara church and another gym. 

Forty-three new times were added at existing locations of interest at 6pm on Wednesday, including Spark Arena and a shop at Newmarket Westfield, among others.

The full list of locations is available here.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 18: A NZ Covid Tracer App QR code and hand sanitiser sit at the entrance to a Countdown supermarket during the first day of a national lockdown on August 18, 2021 in Wellington, New Zealand. 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 Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

The additions in an earlier update on Wednesday afternoon included Pak 'n Save Mt Albert; an arcade in Event Cinemas St Lukes; the Auckland Art Gallery; gyms Snap Fitness 24/7 in Mt Roskill and F45 Training in Henderson, as well as Green Bay High School, an AUT city campus library and a lecture room in the University of Auckland's Grafton campus.

It comes as the number of community cases rose on Wednesday to 210 after 62 new cases were announced.

Meanwhile, the number of contacts also rose to 20,383 as of 9am this morning, of which 12,717 have been formally contacted, Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield revealed at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

"The good thing about this is while this is steady growth, it is not exponential," Bloomfield said.

"We do know that our actions to slow the spread of the virus will begin to see a slowing of those numbers increasing and indeed, the fact that the rate is not exponential is explicitly because we have Alert Level 4 in place.

"Contact tracing, isolation, community testing and genomic tracing - together with our wastewater testing - are powerful tools to help us identify the extent of the outbreak, but the most important thing to control it is that people abide by the Alert Level 4 restrictions."

The Ministry of Health's list of  locations of interest are updated every two hours.