Auckland to remain in Alert Level 3 for two more weeks

Source: 1News

Auckland will remain in Alert Level 3 as it stands, and will not move to step two in its phased road map.

Heavy traffic along the spaghetti junction of various highways in Auckland, New Zealand largest city on a sunny day.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed Auckland would stay at its current Alert Level 3 settings for another two weeks. It will be reviewed again on Monday, November 1.

"Based on the advice we have, any interim easing of restrictions over the coming weeks will not work towards our plan of minimising cases while we increase vaccinations," Ardern said, while asking for Aucklanders to continue to comply with the restrictions.

On Friday, a long term plan will be announced with vaccination targets for Auckland and New Zealand to meet in order for restrictions to be eased.

"The target will be high," Ardern said.

Ardern said the Government was looking closely at what had worked overseas, and would align with those countries that had managed the transition from restriction to vaccination "in the safest way possible".

As it stands, 89 per cent of Aucklanders have had at least one jab, with 71 per cent being fully vaccinated. Nationally, those rates drop to 85 per cent first jab and 66 per cent fully vaccinated.

Auckland recorded 57 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, up from 47 on Sunday.

Ardern also announecd the Northland region will move to Alert Level 2 at 11.59pm on Tuesday night.

Waikato will remain at Alert Level 3, with a review on Friday.