New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield recommended and cabinet agreed on “keeping New Zealand at level 4 until 11:59 pm on Tuesday, August 24”.
“A cabinet meeting on Monday to determine the next steps thereafter,” Ms Ardern said.
“It’s much better to assure ourselves now that there aren’t further cases in the rest of the country than allowing the virus to spread easily at a lower alert level.
Mr Ardern urged New Zealanders to get tested for COVID if visited a “location of interest”, emphasising the time and date of exposure sites of the locations released.
“We don’t want people having to get tested because they were there the day prior or even hours prior, we do set out the specific times that do apply,” she said.
“We are standing up extra testing today and this weekend to ensure all those who need to be tested are but please do remember you can also call your GP to see if they are testing.”