New Zealand will stay at the orange traffic light setting.

Ayesha VerrallFile photo. Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone


Covid-19 Respone Minister Ayesha Verrall said the country needed to remain at this setting as Covid-19 case numbers were starting to “creep up”.

“Moving back to Red is unnecessary at the moment. We can continue to manage the virus at Orange, but are putting in place a range of additional measures to help manage a recent rise in cases,” Dr Verrall said.

“Yesterday the seven-day rolling average of Covid-19 cases was 5808 and there were 395 people in hospital and 8 in ICU. For comparison when we moved out of red in April the rolling average of cases was nearly 10,000 a day and there were over 500 people in hospital including 28 in ICU.”