LIVE: 29 new cases, 35 recovered cases
UPDATE: The number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours is now higher than the number of new cases.
Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says there are a total of 317 people who have recovered from the virus.
"This is up by 35 fom yesterday."
The number of new cases for today is at 29 - 23 confirmed and six probable cases.
There is now a total of 1239 cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand.
Of those cases, Ashley says there are 14 people in hospital, four of which are in ICU.
There are still strong links to overseas travel, 41 per cent.
Ashley says 44 per cent are from links to confirmed cases and two per cent is from community transmission.
"Thirteen per cent is still being investigated."
The All of Government COVID-19 National Response will provide an update at 1pm.
• Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
• Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health
What we know so far
On Wednesday there were 50 new cases of COVID-19 to report - made up of 26 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 24 new probable cases. There are no additional deaths to report.
There are now 282 reported cases which we can confirm have recovered – an increase of 41 on Tuesday.
The combined total of confirmed and probable cases in New Zealand is 1210.
There are 12 people in hospital, including four in ICU – one each in Wellington, Waitemata, Counties Manukau and Southern DHBs. Two of these ICU patients are in a critical condition.
For those cases we have information on, we are still seeing a strong link to overseas travel though this is declining (41 per cent), as well as links to confirmed cases within New Zealand (43 per cent) including those in clusters we already know about and community transmission (2 per cent). We are still investigating 14 per cent of cases.
There are still 12 significant clusters. Our three largest clusters remain the same: Matamata (62); Bluff (81); and Marist College (84).
There were 4098 tests processed yesterday bringing the total number of cases carried out to date to 46,875.
The seven day rolling average of tests is at 3343 per day.
Test capacity continues to increase and we have supplies in stock for nearly 49,000 tests. We expect to have between 50,000 to 60,000 complete tests in stock by the end of the week.
Health Care Workers Affected
There have been 64 health care workers who are confirmed or probable for COVID-19.
The largest categories are 20 support or care workers; 17 nurses; 7 administrative related roles; 7 doctors and 3 medical students.
"We know six of these 64 healthcare workers with COVID-19 have recovered," says Ashley.
"We also know that more than a quarter of those have travelled overseas recently. We are working on a breakdown to determine how many of our healthcare workers infected in New Zealand were infected inside or outside the workplace."
Data on testing
"We have analysed the data available for 35,000 people tested, which is for 39,000 tests as some people are tested more than once.
"From that we can see that generally the DHBs doing the most testing are also the DHBs with the most confirmed and probable cases."
The ethnicity of the 35,000 people tested is:
• Maori: 13.6%
• Pasifika: 7.8%
• Asian: 12%
• Middle Eastern and Latin American: 2%
• European and other: 64.2%
The data, which currently excludes Waikato, will be regularly updated.
"We do have sufficient vaccine for our priority groups, those aged 65 and over, pregnant women, and those with specific underlying health conditions.
"Despite the importance of those over 70 staying at home, anyone in this age group needing a flu vaccination is able to travel to get one. This is regarded as essential travel."
Travel for care for acute or chronic conditions is also regarded as essential travel.