"For these reasons while New Zealand First supports the continuation of Alert Level 2 in Auckland it can not support a continuation of Alert Level 2 outside of Auckland until Monday 21 September at midnight, so has invoked the "Agree to Disagree" provisions of the Coalition Agreement in relation to this specific part of the Cabinet decision", said Mr Peters.
New Zealand confirmed three new imported cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, all detected in recent returnees in managed isolation facilities. All three are now at the Ibis Hotel in Rotorua.
The findings reinforce that exposure at the Jet Park is the most likely cause of transmission, says the Ministry of Health, but exactly how the worker contracted COVID-19 will be investigated by the Public Health Unit.
A deep clean of staff areas in the facility was completed on Sunday. "Additionally, he believes there is a low risk of transmission outside of Auckland", said Mr Peters. They have been in managed isolation at the Ibis Hotel in Rotorua and tested positive for COVID-19 during routine testing around day 3 of their stay, according to the Ministry of Health.
There are now four people in hospital with Covid-19, with two in ICU, it said.
Since August 11, the ministry's contact tracing team has identified 3708 close contacts of confirmed cases, 3697 of which have been contacted and are self-isolating. Two cases are in the ICU at North Shore Hospital and Waikato Hospital.
But Ardern flagged that if the current trend in case numbers continued, Aucklanders would be allowed larger gatherings from Wednesday next week, while the rest of the country would move to level 1 from Tuesday next week.
The virus's spread has since slowed, though new cases continue to be found. Now the total number of infected people in the country has reached 1 thousand 450, while the death toll has reached 24.
Yesterday, laboratories processed 4402 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 872,444.
There are now 2,215,700 users registered on NZ COVID Tracer.
There have been 370,098 QR codes created to be displayed around the country.