One new case of COVID-19 in the BOP

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

There is one new case of COVID-19 in the Bay of Plenty today.

There are now a total of 32 cases in the Bay of Plenty District Health Board area, while the number of cases in the Lakes District Health Board region remains at 12.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says there are 67 new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand today, bringing the total to 1106.  

The latest information from Toi Te Ora Public Health shows there are now 31 cases in the Western Bay of Plenty and one in the Eastern Bay. These areas come under the Bay of Plenty District Health Board.

The Lakes Distrct Health Board covers Rotorua and Taupo. In Rotorua there is now eight cases, while Taupo has four.

During his media briefing this afternoon, Ashley says 176 people have recovered from the virus.

"Thirteen people are in hospital, with three in ICU. Two people in ICU are in a stable condition and one is in a critical condition.

"There have been no additional deaths."

Ashley says they are still seeing strong links to overseas travel.

He says 43 per cent of the cases are linked to overseas travel, 38 per cent have contacts to confirmed cases and two per cent are being treated as community transmission.

"The balance of the cases are still under investigation."

Auckland Metro, Waikato and Southern are the areas with the highest number of cases under investigation.

Just under 40,000 tests have been carried out so far. There were 3709 tests completed yesterday, the highest number of tests in one single day

Ashley says there are now 12 significant clusters, with 72 cases now linked to the Marist College cluster.

The cluster associated with a wedding in Bluff has now had 62 cases, and the Matamata cluster has 58.

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