Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Jacinda Ardern announces COVID-19 alert system

Jacinda Ardern announces COVID-19 alert system

Two were attendees at the World Hereford Conference in Queenstown from March 9-13 and the cases were being linked with global travel, and not due to community transmission. Talking to people and checking in on others keeps us all connected and that is more important than ever.

"Based on expert medical advice and global evidence I am moving New Zealand to Alert Level 2, Reduce Contact", she said.

"Based on expert medical advice and worldwide evidence I am moving New Zealand to Alert Level 2, Reduce Contact".

In Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's address to the nation yesterday, she said alert-level three will be initiated in New Zealand if there's a heightened risk that the disease is not contained.

Jacinda said that all people over 70-years of age or who have a compromised immune system, should stay at home as much as possible.

"The majority of our people are working remotely, global and domestic travel and all public events have been cancelled, our people in business-critical teams are working in a split team structure from different locations, and we have increased cleaning and hygiene protocols in place across our sites". "The alert system means people can see and plan for the kinds of restrictions we may be required to put in place, which may be required rapidly". We increase our border measures, and we cancel events.

The Ministry of Health says: With continued vigilance the chance of widespread community outbreak is expected to remain low. "Time is of the essence, and people have got to get tested, diagnosed and isolated very quickly for this to work".

Another key company, power retailer and generator Meridian Energy, said it was now operating a rolling work from home roster with all its teams to ensure employees could maintain physical distance in its offices. Bloomfield acknowledged it was overloaded and said it was not there to give people general information about the virus.

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Deena Hinshaw said changing the testing protocols will allow the province to focus the testing capacity on those most at risk. These resources are anticipated to be in place later this week.


Energy retailer and generator Meridian Energy is operating a rolling work from home roster with all its teams.

"Health and emergency professionals, transport and delivery staff, supermarket and food production workers, and other essential people will be continuing on at their place of work at this alert level".

Environment Southland will close its office on Monday as its staff transition to working from home.

As of midnight March 14 all cruise ships were banned from coming to New Zealand until at least 30 June 2020.

Hill and Swanson-Dobbs said patients should be assured that those that need face-to-face consultations will still receive them. Some non-essential businesses would face closure too.

Bloomfield said he understood people in the areas where those two people lived would be concerned but asked they continue good hygiene practices and maintain social distancing while investigations continued. This will have a significant disruption on how we go about our daily lives, but it is necessary to protect lives.

"This will not leave in weeks".

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