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Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says the country is staying in level 2 to be certain that there is no further spread of Covid-19 and also to ensure border procedures are safe and secure.

However, he said the move to alert level 1 is being looked at.

He said he couldn’t speak to Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters’ comments this morning that the country should be in alert level 1 already.

“What I can say is that we are working very hard on what level 1 will look like, and also separately working very hard with a whole range of players … on what a trans-Tasman bubble will look like and that requires having confidence in the arrangements on both sides of the Tasman.

“What our job is, is to provide really good advice … to help make sure there is no risk of transmission between countries.”

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