According to the Ministry of Health, there were 20 new community cases of Covid-19 recorded today.
Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health, stated at today’s government briefing that 79 persons had recovered, bringing the total number of active cases to 722.
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There were also 20 new community cases recorded yesterday, with one fatality, and 28 new cases reported on Friday.
The drop in numbers, according to Dr. Bloomfield, indicated that the lockdown was delaying the virus’s spread.
Today’s fresh instances have all been recorded in Auckland. In addition, four more cases were placed in controlled isolation.
Dr. Bloomfield stated that 38 individuals are being treated in Auckland hospitals. Six of them are in intensive care units (ICUs) or high dependency units (HDUs), and four are being ventilated.
“Our thoughts remain with these individuals who are unwell and indeed with their families in what is a stressful time.”
Bloomfield expressed condolences to the family of the woman who died and endorsed their message – “this is real”.
He said there were 38,120 individuals in the contact tracing system. This is 1 in 130 New Zealanders, which showed the precautionary approach to the outbreak, Bloomfield said.
There have now been a total of 3412 cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand since the outbreak began.