19 Aug 2020

Live: Covid-19 updates for Wednesday 19 August

8:18 pm on 19 August 2020

Police say there has been a large increase in the number of vehicles being turned around at the checkpoints on Auckland's boundary.

As of yesterday afternoon, more than 86,000 vehicles had been stopped at the 13 different checkpoints. Almost 4800 have been turned around.

Police say on Monday and Tuesday, a significantly higher number of vehicles were turned around than in previous days.

Today, the Ministry of Health confirmed five new cases of Covid-19 in the community and related to the Auckland cluster, and one imported case.

Meanwhile, the High Court has concluded that from 26 March to 3 April, the requirement for people to stay at home and in their bubbles was justified, but unlawful.

And Air New Zealand has today spoken about its safety measures with Minister of Health Chris Hipkins, who said he would be reviewing the testing regime for international air crew.

  • If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (+64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs) or call your GP - don't show up at a medical centre

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