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New Zealand Eases Covid Restrictions Outside Auckland

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New Zealand Eases Covid Restrictions Outside Auckland

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the government would ease virus restrictions outside its largest city, Auckland, ending a series of lockdowns that began in August.

Auckland is set to stay at Level 4 until 11:59 p.m. next Tuesday, Sep. 14. Cabinet met today, though, to assess the latest data and consider the advice of our experts in order to determine alert level settings for the rest of New Zealand. Based on all of the information in front of us and on the advice of the director general of health, cabinet has agreed that all of New Zealand beyond the boundaries to the north and south of Auckland will move to Level 2 at 11:59 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, the 7th of September. Moving to Level 2 is progress, so it is positive, but it comes with a warning. We’ve done so well to get this outbreak under control. Level 4 restrictions are working, but the job is not done. We’re within sight of elimination, but we cannot drop the ball.

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