5 Mar 2021

As it happened: Covid-19 updates for Friday 5 March

5:32 pm on 5 March 2021

Auckland may be able to join the rest of the country in alert level 1 as early as next weekend, as it leaves the current lockdown at 6am Sunday morning, a week after it went into alert level 2.

There were no new cases of Covid-19 reported this afternoon.

Announcing the decision to shift Auckland to alert level 2, while the rest of the country moves to level 1 at 6am on Sunday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said cabinet will review the situation at the end of next week, with a view to moving Auckland to level 1 at the start of next weekend.

Ardern said there is still a chance of additional cases in the community, so the requirements on people in isolation will remain, and that in level 2, people still need to practice social distancing, stay at home if they are sick and get tested if they have symptoms.

See how the rest of the day's Covid-19 news devloped with RNZ's live blog:

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On 28 February, the Auckland region moved to Covid-19 Alert Level 3. The rest of New Zealand moved to Alert Level 2. This is for a period of seven days. Further community cases of Covid-19 have been identified in the Auckland Region. If you are in Auckland, stay home where possible, and follow Alert Level 3 guidelines. This will stop the transmission of Covid-19 and save lives. For more information on the alert levels go to covid19.govt.nz.

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