Written by on September 28, 2021

A positive sign of Covid has been found in wastewater testing from a sample taken in Tauranga on Sept 23. The Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield has encouraged Tauranga residents to get tested.

In other news, PM Jacinda Ardern has today announced changes to rules governing people wanting to leave through the Auckland borders. Auckland permanently leaving for new jobs, homes and study can exit if they have a negative Covid test 72 hours before departure.

Many have been trapped in Auckland due to the rules at the border which remained unchanged from level 4 to level 3.  Cabinet considered an easing of the rules for one-way travellers yesterday and these changes were announced at the 1pm news conference.

Ardern said the exemptions applied to one-way travellers, as well as those with joint custody of children. It would apply from 11.59pm tonight. Those having to travel back and forth over the border because of joint custody of children, would need to have fresh negative tests completed every 7 days.

There were 8 new cases in Auckland with a continuing trend downwards although no doubt the positive wastewater result will be of concern.

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