Jacinda Ardern says while a Level 4 lockdown was suggested for Auckland by some public health experts, other “strong advice from public health on the ground” was that Level 4 restrictions would not make a significant difference to the number of cases in the outbreak.
At Tuesday’s 4pm press conference, Ardern said the Government has “always listened to all of the advice that’s been available to us from both from our scientific community, epidemiologists and our public health experts.”
She said public health experts, “knowing what they know about the outbreak as it stands, their view was that Level 4 would not necessarily make a significant difference to the cases that we have in this current outbreak”.
Ardern said what public health “know in a detailed way about where the outbreak has occurred and whether or not an increase on restrictions would necessarily stop the kind of activity that has led to a flow-on of cases.”
She said if Level 3 rules are followed, restrictions “will make a difference”.
“Please stick with it while we vaccinate, we need ongoing compliance.”
On Breakfast on Monday, Dr Rawiri Jansen and Professor Rod Jackson said Auckland was in need of a "Level 3+" as Covid-19 community cases continue to grow.
Later on Breakfast, the Director-General of Health acknowledged he'd heard the same advice from other experts.
"That's something that has been proposed, not just by Dr Jansen but by others. It's something we've actively considered and importantly I've asked for advice from my team, but also from the public health teams on the ground in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) and that's informed our advice to the Prime Minister,” Bloomfield said.
There are 60 new Covid-19 cases in the community on Monday, of which 57 are in Auckland.
The total number of cases in this outbreak is now 2005, of which 1370 have recovered.
There are 13 people in Auckland City Hospital, 12 at Middlemore Hospital and five at North Shore Hospital.
It comes as police have launched an investigation into a house party which happened in Auckland’s Redvale on Saturday night, after it ended up going viral on social media.
A large-scale protest was also held on Saturday at Auckland’s Domain.
“Indoor gatherings, parties and social catch-ups, they're not part of Level 3. And it's one of the things we cannot afford to let slip,” Ardern said.
“I have not seen the footage, I have had it described to me. That is enough. Clearly it was a blatant breach of the rules, clearly.”