Will Auckland shift to Alert Level 2?
Scientists, using genome sequencing, have still not been able to figure out where the second wave of community-transmitted Covid-19 came from.
More than two weeks have passed since four members of a family in South Auckland tested positive for coronavirus on August 11.
Thirteen new coronavirus cases were confirmed on Saturday, ten of which were linked to that community cluster, one under investigation, and two from within managed isolation.
About 500 people gathered in Auckland on Saturday, most without masks, to protest the city’s level 3 lockdown. Police said they were taking an educational approach and would not punish people.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is expected today to announce Auckland will join the rest of the country in alert level 2 - a drop from the far-stricter alert level 3 for the super city. But experts have warned the move carries risks.
The global number of confirmed cases is nearing 25 million, sitting at 24,819,388 on Sunday morning according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The number of deaths worldwide is reported to be 838,901.
The United States leads the global tally, with more than 5.9m confirmed cases, and 182,364 deaths reported.
Brazil and India have surpassed 3.8m and 3.46m cases respectively.
What should I do?
Auckland is at alert level 3, but is expected to join the rest of the country at alert level 2 at 11.59pm on Sunday.
For today, people in Auckland must work from home unless they are essential workers, and stay in their bubble.
The geographic boundary of the Auckland lockdown is the super city, with police operating roadblocks.
Under level 2 rules, there are restrictions on gatherings of more than ten people in Auckland, and masks will become mandatory on public transport, nationwide, at level 2 and above from Monday.
Auckland is undergoing a testing blitz. Follow this link for more information.
If you are sick, call your GP before you visit, or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.
To avoid contracting and spreading the virus, wash your hands properly, cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow and throw tissues away immediately.