The situation with the COVID-19 outbreak can change quickly. On this page, we have key information and links for where to go for COVID-19 advice.
From 11.59pm on 2 December 2021 Aotearoa New Zealand will be moving from the alert level system to the COVID-19 Protection Framework, also known as the traffic light system. There is a traffic light map available to show what colour each region is currently at.
- Delta is a more infectious COVID-19 variant
- Check whether you have been at a location of interest
- Who should get a COVID-19 test?
- Where to get a test
- Where to go for COVID-19 advice
Delta is a more infectious COVID-19 variant
The requirements above are to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. The Delta variant of COVID-19 is much more infectious than the original virus.
- It is estimated that, on average, one person infected with Delta may infect 5 or 6 other people.
- This is how Delta outbreaks in places overseas have grown so rapidly.
- People with Delta infections seem to carry much more virus (have a higher viral load) and for a longer period of time than those infected with the original virus or other variants.
- The time from exposure to the virus until first symptoms is shorter for the Delta variant.
- Some people may have no symptoms (asymptomatic) when infectious.
Read more about the new COVID-19 variants.
Please check whether you have been at any of the locations of interest listed on the Ministry of Health's website: COVID-19 – contact tracing locations of interest
If you have been at one of these locations, please self-isolate at your home or your accommodation and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice. This is free and you can call any time – it is open all day every day.
A section 70 order enables an authorised Medical Officer of Health to require those who have visited a location of interest to meet public health requirements. Read the current section 70 for New Zealand.
If you are a household member of a person who has been at a location of interest, please isolate at home until the person who was at the location receives a negative test (you do not need to be tested unless you are asked to be). Read the Section 70 notice
If you have cold or flu symptoms or if you have visited a location of interest, stay home and call your doctor, iwi health provider or Healthline 0800 358 5453. They will let you know whether you should have a COVID-19 test. Learn more: Do I need to get tested for COVID-19.
Covid-19 tests are free. If you need a test, you can get one at:
- your general practice (GP) – call ahead before you turn up
- a community testing centre.
You can search by suburb for clinics and testing centres near you on the HealthPoint website.
The following is a list of trusted sources to go for COVID-19 advice
Go to the Unite against COVID-19 website for all your COVID-19 questions, including those that are not health-related. They have translated resources available here. You can also follow Unite against COVID-19 on Facebook and get regular email updates by subscribing here.
Need an interpreter or information in another language?
See also translations on the Unite against Covid site, and the Ministry of Health's easy to read resources translated by the Red Cross into other languages and the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) website for health-related information and advice on COVID-19 in more 45 languages. Find your language and click to see translated resources and/or helpful regional websites here.
Resources for Māori
There is tailored and relevant information and resources available for Māori on how to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.
Resources for Pasifika communities
OLA LELEI Pacific Helpline (0800 652 535)
Prepare Pacific has information specifically for Pasifika communities on COVID-19. There are also videos on the Ministry for Pacific People's Facebook page, YouTube channel and the government’s COVID-19 website. Information for Pasifika peoples can also be found on the Ministry of Pacific Peoples website and on the Ministry of Pacific Peoples Facebook page.
Resources for people with disabilities and their family/whānau
You need to do everything you can to prevent yourself from coming into contact with COVID-19. This means being careful, clean and making a plan. Don’t be scared, be prepared. Read more information for disabled people and their family and whānau.
Looking after your mental wellbeing
If you or someone you know is struggling, there is help and support available. You don't have to go it alone. See also taking care of your mental wellbeing during the lockdown and helping kids cope with anxiety.
Support for people on their own or caring for a vulnerable person
Register with wecare.kiwi to get advice and check-ins from trained and Police-vetted volunteers across New Zealand. Find out more at wecare.kiwi.
Information for people with diabetes
Based on overseas experience, it appears that people with diabetes who contract COVID-19 are at increased risk of serious complications of the infection, including respiratory failure and death. This means you need to take particular care of yourself during this time. Read more about diabetes and COVID-19.
COVID-19 including symptoms, how it is spread and what you can do to help prevent it
Unite against COVID-19 NZ Government
Covid-19 Education Immunisation Advisory Centre, NZ
COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Ministry of Health, NZ
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak World Health Organization
Easy to read information about COVID-19 Ministry of Health, NZ
Translated information about COVID-19 NZ Government
COVID-19 protection framework NZ Government