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5 new cases of COVID-19

5 new cases of COVID-19

Posted September 04, 2020

Media Release: Ministry of Health

Today there are five new cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand – two of these are imported cases detected in managed isolation facilities. Three are community cases.

All three community cases are epidemiologically linked to the Mt Roskill Evangelical Church cluster, which is known to be linked to the wider Auckland August cluster.

The two imported cases are children who are family members of previously identified cases who had arrived from India on 23 August. Both children are aged under 9 and were already in quarantine with family members at the Auckland quarantine facility.

Since August 11, the contact tracing team has identified 3,191 close contacts of cases, of which 3,136 have been contacted and are self-isolating, and health officials are in the process of contacting the rest.

There are 82 people linked to the community cluster who remain at the Auckland quarantine facility, which includes 59 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their household contacts.

That number continues to decline as cases recover and reach the end of their isolation period.

There are six people with COVID-19 in hospital today; one in Auckland City, one in Middlemore, two in North Shore, and two in Waikato. Four people are on a ward, and two are in ICU – one each in Middlemore and Waikato Hospitals.

Today, there are eight previously reported cases who are considered to have recovered.

With today’s five new cases, the total number of active cases is 112. Of those, 37 are imported cases in MIQ facilities, and 75 are community cases.

The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is now 1,413, which is the number reported to the World Health Organization.

Yesterday, laboratories nationally processed 9,909 tests for COVID-19, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 797,990.