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Dr Bloomfield rules out Level 1.5 for Auckland, says 'we're done with the .5s'

Dr Ashley Bloomfield has ruled out an Alert Level 1.5 for Auckland, should it shift Covid-19 alert levels again in the coming weeks. 

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The Director-General of health says "at this point we're done with the .5s". Source: 1 NEWS

The Government announced yesterday Auckland would be moving from Level 2.5, to Level 2 at 11.59pm on Wednesday. 

Auckland's alert level status will then be reviewed on October 5, and the region could be joining the rest of New Zealand at Level 1 from October 7 if all goes to plan.

When asked this afternoon by media if he thought Auckland would need a Level 1.5, instead of a straight shift to Level 1, the Director-General of Health said at this point, they are "done with the .5s". 

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"I think the aim is to, all going well over this next couple weeks, to bring Auckland down to Alert Level 1 along with the rest of the country." 

But, he said Level 1 looks a little different to what it was last time, with more measures in place to combat the spread of Covid-19.

"We’ve got QR codes around the place, people are using the app, we’re still encouraging mask use in public transport and on flights," said Dr Bloomfield. 

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"I think there’s a much higher level of vigilance and we’ll obviously be wanting to keep the test rates up high as well." 

There were no new cases of Covid-19 announced in New Zealand today, either in the community or in a managed isolation facility.

New Zealand now has 61 active cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus.