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What Does an Asymptomatic COVID-19 Infection Look Like?

got some water today good afternoon everybody today i'll start with an update on testing numbers and the uptake of the covert trace rep and i've got a few messages from the police and then i'll hand you over to the director general to provide today's case details uh then of course we'll get into questions but before i start i do want to make a plea to all new zealanders please please be cautious about the information that you are getting on covert 19 cases my plea comes in two parts first please treat the information that you are receiving on social media as a rumor that is unverified and therefore something that cannot be relied upon to be true or accurate it is entirely normal to be inquisitive to ask questions and to want to know what's going on but what we've seen over the last 24 hours has taken things to a new and concerning level it's troubling one piece of information in particular has spread like wildfire and it's created extreme distress for the family that is at the center of it the claim was that a woman in the present covert cluster contracted the virus by sneaking into a managed isolation facility and it included a number of vile slurs not only was it harmful and dangerous it was totally and utterly wrong i want to say this again it did not happen it was fully investigation investigated and that investigation concluded that it was completely false there have always and always be rumors but this one smacked of orchestration of being a deliberate act of misinformation spreading countless journalists have told us they were sent the email many times over at a time when we are fighting a pandemic and we need all hands on deck to beat it down this sort of behavior is deliberately designed to create panic fear and confusion and it is completely unacceptable so please new zealanders think twice before sharing unverified information i'd like to once again thank the media for the responsible way they've reacted to this latest turn of events they have tested these claims very hard as they always do but they have sought official word on truthfulness before reporting and i want to again thank them for that the second part of my plea is this please take your information from official sources such as this 1pm briefing behind the scenes from early on every morning there are dozens of dedicated people tracking down cross-referencing and checking every bit of information in preparation for these media conferences that means that the information here is verified the information that we share during these press conferences on the covert 19 and ministry of health websites and the covert 19 and ministry of health social media pages is information that you can trust if a mistake is made it is quickly corrected from time to time that will happen so on to the testing numbers we continue to see both unprecedented testing and unprecedented levels of processing being done by our labs across the country yesterday they processed twenty three thousand six eight tests in the past three days our labs have processed 63 231 tests bringing our total overall number of tests to 571 1942 this is an exceptional effort and i'm really impressed with the speed and efficiency with which the labs have been able to work it is a huge effort of the primary care workers undertaking the swabs and i want to thank them as well the system is working at top speed and that should give us all confidence so a huge thank you to all those involved who are doing a phenomenal job a few words of caution though the high volumes of testing we are seeing is slowing down the processing and that means that the usual 24-hour time frame for turnaround uh in some cases it is extended to 48 hours as noted yesterday there are other elements of the process including reporting those results back to primary care and reporting back to the patient but the important thing to note though is that positive results are reported first and promptly so patients who get a positive result will hear back quickly high risk swabs are also being processed as a matter of priority to ensure that they are at the front of the queue so again we want to thank everybody for their patience if there has been any delay in them getting a test result please know that there are a lot of people working very very hard to get the test results out as quickly as possible also a reminder that those who are at risk or who have symptoms or who are asked through the contact tracing process to get a test are the ones who should be getting a test if you are well please don't get a test because you will potentially be slowing things down for everybody else we're asking employers and churches to make sure they keep clear information on all of their staffing and those who are attending their congregations so that they can be contacted quickly if necessary we are load balancing the processing of tests across the country for example in christchurch today about 4 000 tests from auckland yesterday will be processed to ensure that we can speed that process up so on to the contact tracing the new zealand covert tracer app has now recorded one million three hundred and seventy four thousand two hundred registered users and those numbers continue to climb rapidly there are now 193 505 qr code posters up and down the country and i do want to thank again businesses for the way that they have taken those up and are now displaying them promptly a few quick reminders there please make sure the qr code posters are displayed in a prominent place if you're having high volumes of people uh display a number of posters so that people don't have to queue up in order to scan and please make sure that the qr code posters on display are the official qr code posters and not one of the qr codes that can be generated through other sources and a reminder to all new zealanders please keep track of your movements keep track of the people that you're coming into contact with so that if you are needed as part of the contact tracing process you can participate quickly in that finally a word on travel police are reminding the public that travel into and out of auckland remains very restricted and that generally people cannot travel across the boundary for work unless they have an exemption they've seen an increase in stops and people being turned back and they and of course they're seeing an increase in the number of people who are unhappy that they cannot cross so travel into and out of auckland remains heavily restricted to stop the possible spread of covert 19. please check the covert19.govt dot nz website before traveling to check if you are able to cross that boundary and whether or not you need to apply for an exemption you cannot travel across the boundary to go to work unless your workplace has an exemption so again please check the covert 19 website and if you are not eligible to cross the boundary you will be turned around by the police so now for today's case update dr blindfold thank you minister kiara kota katoa so today there are 13 new confirmed confirmed cases of covert 19 to report 12 of these are in the community and one is in managed isolation i'll start with the latter this case is a child who arrived in new zealand on the third of august from afghanistan via dubai the person has been in managed isolation at the pullman hotel in auckland and tested negative around day three of the isolation period and subsequently positive at around day 12. they've been transferred to the auckland quarantine facility now turning to the 12 cases in the community all are auckland auckland-based and based on our current information none has traveled outside the auckland region recently from early investigations all have a connection to the existing outbreak as close contacts of cases already reported so saying two of the new cases are household contacts of the case we've previously reported that is still under investigation uh this is the gp from mount wellington and all others are epidemiologically linked to the cluster there are currently three people receiving hospital level care two are in auckland city hospital on award and one is in middlemore hospital on award as well one is the person we've previously reported as being in hospital one has been admitted overnight from the auckland quarantine facility and one person connected to the community outbreak who was in the community has also been admitted to hospital to date 66 people linked to the cluster have been moved into the auckland quarantine facility including 29 people who have tested positive so the 13 new confirmed cases to report today bring our total number of confirmed cases to 1271. the total number of active cases is 69 of which 49 are from the community outbreak and a further 20 are imported cases that are in the quarantine facility as i've said of the 49 cases in the community outbreak all but three have been already linked to the cluster the other three are household and they relate to that one case previously reported which is still under investigation however all the evidence suggests that this case will be able to be linked to the same cluster our national contact tracing service has 1536 close contacts identified and as of 10 am this morning 1322 of those people had been uh spoken with and are all self-isolating i want to thank all those people for their tremendous response and also for remaining in self-isolation in the meantime and being tested if instructed if you are called by our contact traces please take or return the call and as i say and if you look at those numbers it's well in excess of 80 already who have been successfully contacted so thank you to everybody who is uh who is doing so that is uh answering the call or calling back in addition to the miracle and finance now workplaces and a number of educational organizations we've also had contact with we're also working closely with two additional religious organizations in relation to contact tracing and testing uh and once we have confirmed this with them that they are comfortable with us releasing the information and ready then we will do that and that will likely be later today uh i do want to thank also many people who are going and getting tested i know there are still some weights at sea backs there is a long list of testing places available on the auckland regional public health service website for those who are waiting patiently thank you very much and auckland transport is going to help with traffic flows at some of those sea backs where they have cues moving to tokuroa it has been confirmed that one of the positive cases from tokurawa visited toy oh my institute of technologies campus while they were feeling well and before they were aware of any potential exposure to covert 19. there have not been any further positive cases confirmed in tokurawa and public health staff are directly contacting anyone who may have been in contact with the person who visited the polytech campus during the period that we're interested in if you are not contacted by public health at this point no further action is needed however of course if you develop any covert like symptoms and have attended institute of technology in tokroa on the 10th or 11th of august please seek testing and self-isolate until you receive your result the dhb that's waikato dhb has provided a mobile community based testing center in tokura for anyone seeking a covert 19 test and this will remain there for the time being we ask all workplaces churches and other institutions as the minister said to please keep up to date records now is the time to update your records of your staff and of any work workforce members or volunteers or congregational members and so we can quickly contact people from any particular site that may be of interest and finally just the reporting of this latest outbreak i had uh asked my team and i've talked with dr collin to queertonga this morning about us reporting this outbreak separately from our earlier cases so from today we will be describing the ethnic and age breakdown and the characteristics of this outbreak as a distinct community outbreak and we will update that information once a day as well based on the new cases that are reported at the one o'clock stand-up thanks minister thank you happy to open up four questions you said that the um social media room is smacked with orchestration do you have any insight or theories into who might have orchestrated that no i don't but it's clear that you know there are people out there pushing this heart and my message to them is stop doing that are you looking at taking any action against facebook or any individuals in particular in relation to it no my plea to new zealanders is you know please be responsible and sensible about what you choose to share on facebook if it's not verified uh please don't share it ultimately you know we want everybody to accept some personal responsibility for the information that they're out there sharing are you exploring any avenues though for sort of any action against any of the social media have you asked your cabinet colleagues to adhere to that advice as well and one in particular who did share unverified information last week of course i think all ministers all mps all leaders in the community should again lead by example be careful about the information that they choose to share about you know racist comments that have been sparked by um ethnicity what is your message to new zealanders when and especially if ethnic data and that sort of thing is going to be released about you know tying anything like that to covert cases look i think we've said this time and time again here people are not the problem here the virus is the problem people are the solution there should be no shame and no blame in contracting covert 19. it is a virus and it is a particularly easy one to catch if you have been exposed to it get online do they discourage potentially communities from coming forward if that's going to be the reaction from my pleasure all new be supportive of the people who are coming forward to be tested be supportive of the people who have been tested and received a positive outcome from that there's no shame in it but by seeing the type of behaviour towards victims of covert 19 if you like then actually we're making we're sending the very wrong signal um and actually we should be sending a signal of saying do the right thing come forward be tested isolate and make sure that you're helping to fight the virus yesterday we were you mentioned that we were getting results back from the americold um testing of the services there and have you got any updates to make about that that that swabbing has been processed at the right at the moment and we're hoping to have those results later today and i just want to follow on from the comments the minister just made our outbreak earlier in the year was it was a very different type of outbreak it was the cause of that was from people returning from overseas and so the ethnic and age characteristics of ethnicity and age characteristics of that outbreak were quite different from this one it was largely people of new zealand european ethnicity and a generally a younger group between sort of 30 and 50 being the mostly the people coming back from overseas we had lower much lower rates of infection amongst pacific and maori in that outbreak but the highest rates of testing in those groups so those were the groups who were actually coming forward as they are this time to be tested and again there should be nothing in the description of this outbreak that um suggests that there's anything about this community that is a problem and in fact they have been incredibly cooperative and incredibly supportive and we should all be thanking and supporting them are you still concerned about this outbreak but let's go over here are we still investigating miracles like just give us update on working theories is that the best lead at the moment where it's coming from well it seems to be as a workplace because the first uh the case that has the earliest onset date of symptoms isn't it is an american worker so we're doing the environmental testing we're also uh it's maybe a long shot but we're working with our with our victorian counterparts to look at the genome sequencing of the cases that they have had that worked in a miracle facility there there may well be no link but it's one to exclude but it may well be we still don't find the exact route of transmission for that first case but we are we're not leaving anything to chance minister um there's uh no testing station at the port of tauranga uh how are you expecting those six thousand workers to be tested without extra resources there my understanding is that there are there is testing available there's a mobile testing site there i mean that's going in tomorrow it's going in tomorrow so there'll be a mobile testing site going in there tomorrow we do acknowledge um that that will take a little bit longer to get through than the testing at the other ports and border entry points and so we we will certainly you know exercise a you know a good degree of flexibility there to recognize that that's going to take a bit longer dr bloomfield can you talk a little bit more about that um testing mobile station going in tomorrow uh yes actually just had a text from the chief executive of the dhb there so they've been working very closely with the port that's made a building available there are eight nurses going in tomorrow and admin and it support so they will be testing now through the week for as long as they need to and likewise putting a priority in terms of our testing at both ports of auckland and tauranga port a priority on port workers who may have had or been more likely to have contact with crew from ships in particular so that would be the pilots stevedores and others do you have an update on the legality of masks and the ability to enforce it at under level three yeah i've answered questions on this this morning as well the issue that we've got here is a supply challenge so we want to make sure that uh people can access a mask um as we've already said we've we've already released five million masks from our national stock and three million of those are being distributed through community organizations for those who can't afford to pay for them and the supermarkets are working to ensure that they've got good stocks and that they're available and of course people can make their own masks but look here's the reality people can we could make it compulsory and spend a lot of time on enforcement what we need here is a cultural acceptance amongst all new zealanders that if we're encouraging you to wear a mask we're doing that for a reason and new zealanders have shown through our level four lock down our level three lockdown and now that they accept that there is a need for restrictions or is it is it supply or legality and does the public health response act cover the enforcement of masks for example if that was if you decided that it should be mandatory look we could make it mandatory but the issue here is one of supply and also one of acceptance ultimately if you make something mandatory if you make something mandatory you're talking about a lot of people um and you know are we going to put a lot of resource into enforcing that actually my message to new zealanders is you know if we're asking you to do it we're asking you to do it for a reason to do it we can do if we need to you mentioned the restrictions on movement in our auckland are you confident there's due diligence taking place at the airports the roadblocks are obviously there and you've got the military manning those but there have been some sort of anecdotal concerns expressed about flights going out of auckland and new zealand have been uh incredibly cooperative and making sure that people aren't getting tickets if they don't meet the criteria and some people in managed isolation facilities in auckland just struggling once they get out of uh managed isolation to get out of the city because of restrictions and flights being cancelled what plans are in place for those people do they get to stay at the facility for a couple of nights or look there's one to to direct to dr woods i know that they've been working very carefully around the logistics of people being released from managed isolation who might maybe need to transfer to other parts of the country so i'm sure that uh either her or ear commodore webb would be able to give you the detail about how they're doing that and how they're doing that safely i know that there's been quite a bit of focus on that though you know what the process is when someone does leave is getting ready to go out into auckland and level three after they've been in managed isolation do you know what um yes like i said that is something that i know that they've focused quite a lot of attention on over the last three days so i'd encourage you to address that question today we'll come over here administer there are reports of some people leaving auckland to go to waiheke and understandably the locals there where there is not a case of pretty upset what are your thoughts on people doing that look at level three people should be minimizing their movement that's that's clear i think everybody understands that you stay home unless you've got a very good reason to leave so if you're an essential you know if you're going to work and you're allowed to go to work under level 3 then you know by all means you should do that but go to work and then go home if you're going to the supermarket or you're going to seek medical attention but people shouldn't just be out and about taking a day trip to waiheke we've had a couple of people come to us to say that urgent clinics have charged them in some cases hundreds of dollars for a visit to have a covert test even when they were symptomatic do you know should this be happening how is it happening and what's your message to clinics that are charging people it should not be happening um covert 19 tests are free the government is subsidizing those and paying for those to make sure that they are free um i invite the director general to to comment on that if he wishes but we have been very very clear in fact we've gone so far as to get posters uh printed up that will be put in all gp practices up and down the country to make it clear that you should not be charged for a covert 19 given that basically if parliament doesn't dissolve on monday september 19th becomes difficult and dr bloomfield will you be contributing in terms of the safety elements or the expectations that you would have before an election could go ahead look um that's ultimately a matter that the prime minister will make comments on tomorrow morning and i don't think you'll get either of us making uh any other comments on that in advance of that a question um from australia on the back scene and the health minister there has announced they're close to signing off permits to produce a vaccine in australia will new zealand pay back off that are you going alone what are your thoughts on the development vaccine look new zealand is actively exploring all of the options around vaccine we are we are buying into the different vaccine development what's the word consortium if you like um to make sure that we are in there and that we're actively engaged in that we're also working on making sure that we're ready to go when a vaccine is available you know in terms of being able to distribute it and in terms of being able to administer it so there's a whole lot of work happening in that regard so um health at the health end we're focused on being ready for a vaccine when it's available dr woods in her capacity as minister for for research science and innovation is leading the work in terms of making sure that new zealand is right up front in terms of the development of a vaccine and being involved in that part of the process more latest updating there's a timeline when that might be available minister hunts your counterpart in australia says most likely next year is that your advice uh look how long is a piece of string at this point it's too soon to put a particular timetable on it i'm just certainly back on a health perspective how comfortable are you with an election going ahead if it means going ahead in a level above level two so we've already given our advice uh and that was our advice was to the electoral commission about um the public health um sort of aspects of under of conducting an election under a level term the prime minister's already talked about the planning the electoral commission has done to do that uh but we don't play any other role in advising the government on um the dates of an election that an election shouldn't go ahead which will be consistent with the electoral commission level three or above it would have to be level two or below i don't have anything to add to the comment to the electoral commission because that's the position they've taken in terms of the ability to safely hold one at level two i hope we haven't provided any further advice that advice was provided a long way back in fact when we were in the earlier stage of the pandemic about the the physical distancing and other arrangements that would need to be in place and that's the planning the electoral commission has been doing based on in part our advice from earlier in the year just going to share things around a little bit we've got a question over here a high number of maori and pacifica are you working with maori health providers to reach into those communities and if so how yes and i'll get dr bloomfield to comment on that as well uh yes very much so and right from the start here um in a range of ways in fact this morning i was just on a zoom join the zoom meeting of the pacific team that's both uh um wellington and auckland based uh our maori health team have been in every day and they are working very closely with maori organizations across tamaki mokoto as well as in the waikato for the family in tokyo so i mean as we found in the earlier uh outbreak our ewe organizations have lent an incredibly quickly to support us and the maori health organizations and pacific uh health organizations have got excellent um uh sort of channels into those communities so they're an invaluable part of the response it's just a follow-up to that are you more concerned about this outbreak because it is affecting the maori and pacifica communities as opposed to the younger europeans from last time well what i can say is that one of the big drivers of our rapid response last time is we were worried about commit more vulnerable communities including maori and pacific and as well as disabled people and older people and so yes it is a concern here that this outbreak is in our maori and pacifica communities and hence why we are working with every organisation to really um get into that community and just to reiterate the point i made earlier on these communities have been fantastic in their response and i i do want to thank them for that okay two questions on the cover tracer app firstly would you prefer that businesses and workplaces take down any other qr codes posts from other suppliers because obviously there's been a proliferation of different solutions and it might confuse people yes the answer to that question is yes the the team who have developed the covert tracer app have worked with some of those other app developers to ensure that other apps can use the qr codes obviously it's in no one's best interest to have a proliferation of queue at different qr codes for different apps so we've developed our qr code now so that it can be used as a as a universal location indicator so even if people are using a different app although i'd encourage them to use the covert tracer app because that is what allows us to push notifications out to them but if they are using a different app they can they should be able to use the standard government qr code slightly technical one sorry um there's a an exposure notification api that was developed by apple and google to help with notifying people who've been in contact on you know who have androids or iphones is that going to be integrated into the cover tracer at at any stage i'll be happy to come back to you on that one just following up on that for clarity do businesses need qr codes and a manual register for example for those who don't have phones or so what we encourage businesses to do so it's encouraged at level two and it's a require at level three to ensure that that people are either scanning the qr code or keeping a record of the fact that they have been there so not everybody will carry a phone with them not everybody some particularly some of our elderly um don't want to use that covert tracer app so therefore they should have some other form of recording people who are coming and going now at level three obviously there's a many many fewer places that people could come and go from but we do require them to do that at level three at level two it's an encourage so we'd encourage people to make sure that they're using the qr code that they're supplying a way of people recording the fact that they have been there if they're not using the tracer app so if the business has a qr code they also need a manual register or they don't well they need something for people who aren't using the the qr code to be able to register the fact that they have been there yes um can you just provide some detail about learning tv rolling out tomorrow why is it coming back what can we expect so we will have young people at home in auckland uh for the lockdown for the next week and a half at least so we've got we've envisaged that we may need to liven up learning tv and the hard packs of materials when we ended the last lockdown so we were in the process of continuing to produce hard packs of materials when the last lockdown ended so we've warehoused those we've got them ready to go and we're ready to distribute them from from monday onwards similarly with digital devices we've been working to secure supply of digital devices so that we can continue that and obviously our focus is on is going to be on making sure that those in auckland uh get them with a particular focus on those who are working towards ncea because obviously they can't really afford to be losing any time at all at the moment so they're right at the top of the priority list the learning tv will be a mix of old and new so we have obviously got the content that was produced last time we've got a whole store of content that we drew on last time but it will be more focused at that younger age bracket what we found with the the ratings from last time around was that the uptake amongst older young people was not particularly high and so therefore we you know there is a real demand in that early childhood and primary schooling space for this content and that's where the focus will be so that's why it's now uh 9 a.m to 1 p.m and it will replace will replace tvnz duke during that time minister i just have a couple of questions we must be around a hundred thousand tests now by since 12th of august um how are our stocks of the swabs how many more days will we have been ready for so we had um we weren't i don't think we're quite at the hundred thousand mark but certainly we're we're moving up exponentially at that kind of testing rate uh when we began this we had uh 280 000 test kits on hand ready to go and of course we are moving them around if we need to to make sure that they're in the right place and new suppliers are added all of the time so um the director general may have the latest update on supplies coming in um but we certainly don't uh we don't stop adding to the supply we're continuing to add to the supply as we use it uh the only other commentator we'll make is as we found earlier in this outbreak often the supply chains are because they're the um the makers particularly of the reagent are balancing it right across the globe so we we're not sort of allowed to carry um hundreds of thousands of test supplies but we had a very good stock and very good supply chains for all the different land platforms and also the swabs just quickly in terms of police um what action will be taken around rule breakers during level three i know you're not police or anywhere but what action can expect to be taken people that are you know going out using their boats using park equipment um will police be monitoring and enforcing that look i think you can expect the same kind of enforcement uh that we had the last time around um and i'd encourage you to raise that directly with the police obviously they are they are the enforcement agency with regard to the travel restrictions um if you do like i've got some stats for you though i'm sure that you everyone's interested in statistics so as at uh four o'clock yesterday uh the total number of vehicles stopped at the auckland checkpoints was 50 468. the number of vehicles turned back was 676 so that's actually a relatively no number relative to the number of vehicles stopped um and of that uh 428 of those were seeking to leave auckland uh and 248 of them were trying to get into auckland um some people we've spoken to in auckland today say their rules haven't been commuted communicated clearly enough around uh what they can and can't do what is your response to that is that in terms of travel outside in and out of auckland mucking around in auckland like normal oh look um i think new zealanders are now reasonably familiar with the level three uh lockdown rules we've been through it before um but of course everybody needs a reminder from time to time the covert 19 app and the cover 19 website are the places to go so there is a um not app you know the website page which has got all the stuff that's accessible on your phone that is the place to go uh for the most up-to-date information it tells you what you should and shouldn't be doing uh with the level three restrictions yeah just in layman's terms i mean that means don't you know go and socialize and you know adhere to social distance in layman's terms what does that mean what does that look like yeah so look the general picture should be you know minimize the amount of movement that you have minimized the number of people that you're coming into contact with and keep that to essential uh only so if you don't need to come into contact with someone just stay home and you know if you're going to work then obviously adhere all of the rules in your workplace to keep everybody safe and make sure that you're maintaining social distancing when you're out in public so that you're not you know increasing the risk of of spreading the virus i don't know whether the director general wants to add to that but you know i think new zealanders are reasonably familiar now with with what the restrictions are at the different levels is the advice to then sort of act as if you have covert as like it was last time absolutely it should always be and and again even at level two for the rest of the country again just think about minimizing risk just thinking about everybody including us we should all be thinking about you know is this necessary could this just wait a couple of weeks let's just all do what we can to stop any risk of spreading of the of the virus the family of former cook islands prime minister dr joe williams is unhappy about his name and his positive um result being publicized and it had a knock-on effect for the cooks um do you have any thoughts about public um publicizing positive cases for people with such profile um when it can actually have applications for borders and communities so we're very careful with the information that we release you know to try and protect people's identities in this particular case obviously once all of that information is out in the public domain and we get asked specific questions about that we will endeavor to answer them but generally speaking yes i think it would be much more preferable if people's identities were not released now in this case given the profile and so on um it was bound to be that that local community would figure out sooner rather than later who the person was that doesn't mean we need to amplify that though like i said there's no shame in covert 19. our contact tracing system is designed to ensure that those who need to know do know and know as quickly as possible the testing time frames um you mentioned that sometimes up to as much as 48 hours currently we're hearing that some people are actually waiting for four days for a covert test to come back um one is that acceptable two what's the sort of i guess the tale of testing how long are these coming to are these testing to come back and the worst case scenario well just to emphasize what the minister said earlier on sometimes it's taking up to 48 hours to process the volume of tests there is a there is a backlog and not surprising given uh we have had a hundred thousand since the 1st of august so that's a large volume of testing there's then also the checking of the results the processing and the reporting back the key point here is as happened earlier in the outbreak any positive test is notified immediately by the lab to the public health unit and then contact made with the person so i'm not worried about the delay in testing but really the really key things we're wanting is for a rapid time from symptom onset to testing of people and we're seeing that happening and a rapid time of identifying and contacting people who may need to go into isolation and anyone who's in a close contact in self-isolation has to remain in self-isolation until the test result comes back all right so we'll do about five more minutes so last round of questioning and we'll we'll move from the left to the right so starting over here i'll start with doctor inform come to you chris um close contact dr bloomfield how many of those close contacts you've contacted have been tested well if they're close contacts they'll almost all be tested i i don't i can check that but uh if they close contacts routinely now where we are testing then whether the prime minister will have tomorrow's numbers that get announced at 1pm before she makes that decision at 10 pm about the election will she have all that information well yes our cutoff for um new cases each day is is nine o'clock and so we will the prime minister and the minister of course will have an update on any new cases that have been that have arisen since nine o'clock this morning one more indulgence thank you minister i mean given at your outset you know you get this plea to avoid misinformation on social media does it give you pause for thought the way the government uses social media i mean you've made announcements yourself bypassing traditional media directly on facebook does it give you pause a thought at all how you engage with the social networks look i think the government works very hard to ensure that you know we are providing trusted information out there um and like i said the most authoritative sources are what we say here um what we're putting on the website the ministry of health and the covert 19 website social media is a good way for the government to get messages out we're of course pushing messages out with paid advertising on social media because it is an effective way of reaching people but really the message to everybody is verify your source yeah two really quick questions um directed to either you this first one um and ewe and paula kearney is calling for an immediate regional lockdown after a positive case visited what's your response to this i'll come back to the director general so so two comments there first of all i've heard from the dhb chief executive at huanganui uh russell simpson he's working with the local government and the ewe to i guess address the concerns that they have and that person that visited um tudor ski field was not symptomatic at the time and it's only a short period of that time that they were on the ski field that is in that 48 hour pre-symptom onset so the risk is very low the right steps have been taken there and i think a number of the ski field staff have been tested of course we will report the results of that testing as soon as it's available that's right minister really quickly um what is your preference for the election should we still go ahead in september i'll leave that one to the prime minister tomorrow we'll continue working our way across well is it all possible that the virus has been reintroduced here by travelling via frozen food frozen packaging is that theoretically a possibility look it is a possibility and we've talked about that um it's it's a one i could say it's a low possibility but it's not impossible and so we are especially because we have this sort of center of the outbreak and the earliest symptom onset of one of the cases is someone who worked in the americold workplace so that's one to be ruled out also there was a pretty big lotto jackpot last night if you won lotto dr bloomfield what would you do well unfortunately i won't be in that position because i haven't bought a ticket but well i think that's a bigger question maybe the rest of new zealand would have exactly the same ideas about what they might do with it all right any further questions over here last one just just one around the you know you talk about the supply of swabs testing agents coming in well this may be an obvious question but what are the public health measures testing measures of those workers who are handling that coming in i mean i imagine the potential for environmental transfer from a person onto that medical equipment would be quite low but also it would have the high risk of proliferating where they're possible so you are they being tested regularly those workers who are handling that sort of equipment i'll let the director general comment on that i know that there is incredibly stringent uh um what's it called infection prevention and control measures when it comes to all medical supplies but i'll get the director general comments yeah i think there's nothing special that needs to be done the particular interest in um in the americold situation is because we of the refrigeration here and we know that the virus does survive it can survive quite a long time in cold temperatures all right thanks very much everybody we might call it a day thank you you