There’s certain criteria needed to cross the Auckland boundary including for vaccinations. You require proof of a vaccination booking to do this and it’s only allowed for certain people. People should not be travelling from Auckland to the Waikato for their vaccinations.
Hipkins has given a big shout out to all MIQ workers who have helped 170,000 people return to NZ to join the team of 5 million.
Hipkins has mentioned a survey people who have stayed in MIQ have filled out. The results found most people had a good experience staying in MIQ, while it also found some booking complaints and space complaints. The new booking roll-out aims to help the booking process for people trying to return.
On the Middlemore Hospital situation, Bloomfield did not believe there was negligence involved, he said in reply to a media question. He said an assessment is underway and more info will come from the DHB in charge.
More on the Middlemore case – specifically his family and household contacts
更多Middlemore的情况下 – 特别是他的家人和家庭接触
The inquiries with the family show that they have been abiding by the level 4 restrictions. There’s very little risk in terms of spread outside the household at this stage. From what he’s aware, Bloomfield said there are no locations of interest. He didn’t have information about the vaccination status of the family.
Bloomfield acknowledged the tough situations for many people who can’t visit family in hospital right now due to strict prevention measures in level 4. Our restrictions have served us well to date, he said. Staff also go to great lengths to help people.
Rapid RCR testing can only take a small volume sample at one time. The key thing here is staff asking questions about possible Covid exposure, locations of interest and assessing the possible risks – which staff are doing.
Discussions around the trans-Tasman bubble are a fair while away, Hipkins said. It would be unrealistic to think there will be discussion soon on this.
Those NZers in Australia should be making preparations to book their MIQ space and come home should they need to.
Boundary restrictions 边界的限制
“Don’t try and cheat the system” Hipkins warns those wanting to illegally cross the Auckland boundary. This was in response to a specific media question. He said those who cheat the system and get caught will face repercussions – such as fines.