Covid-19 has been updated with 19 new community cases, with only one remaining unlinked.

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According to the Ministry of Health, nineteen new community cases have been reported in Auckland today, with only one yet to be linked.

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There have been nine cases in the last 14 days that have yet to be linked.

Dr Caroline McElnay, Director of Public Health, stated at today’s government briefing that clusters are believed to be contained. There are five active sub-clusters, with cases emerging from previously unknown contacts.

She said it was encouraging to see the number of cases levelling off, but that there could be another 35 cases among known household contacts in the coming days.

There are 23 patients in the hospital, with four in the intensive care unit.

There were 19 new cases yesterday, following a sudden spike of 45 on Wednesday.

Only one of yesterday’s cases remains unconnected.

In the current community outbreak, there have been 1268 cases.

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Today’s numbers come after Middlemore Hospital dealt with six Covid-positive patients last night, including two who tested positive after turning up at the emergency department.

Cabinet is expected to make decisions on Monday about whether Auckland will remain at alert level 3. While there have been some suggestions the level could drop, the regional border is expected to remain.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has continued to assert the government still has “broad control” over the outbreak, but opposition parties have question whether the government’s stated strategy of elimination could be successful in a Delta environment, suggesting it has technically shifted to suppression already.

More to come…

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