Today’s Covid-19 update includes 20 new community cases in New Zealand.

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The number of new Covid-19 community cases has risen following many days of decline, with 20 new cases recorded in Auckland today.

There was no media conference today. In a statement, the Ministry said 19 of these are household or known contacts and only one of these remains unlinked.

“Interviews are underway with that person to determine how they are linked to the current outbreak.”

There are now seven unlinked cases from the past 14 days.

The number of new cases has been slowly falling for the past few days, with 11 new cases reported yesterday and 13 on Thursday.

The Ministry said it was expecting some fluctuations in case numbers at this point in the outbreak.

There have already been 1027 cases linked to the current outbreak, with 625 of Auckland’s 1010 cases now deemed recovered, and all but one of Wellington’s 17 cases recovered.

The coronavirus has infected ten persons, three of whom are in ICU or HDU.

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In addition, two new confirmed cases and two old cases were in managed isolation.

The Ministry of Health said high-level testing in Auckland remained an important component of the epidemic response, and it urged anyone in Auckland with cold or flu symptoms, no matter how mild, to get tested.

It said 12,427 tests were performed yesterday, including almost 7000 swabs in the Auckland region.

“We have also had over 1000 saliva tests since Monday with the majority in the last 48 hours. Over 400 employers will be instigating saliva testing for almost 4500 employees across New Zealand.”

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