COVID-19 update: Five new cases and one death

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Today there are five new cases of COVID-19 and a woman in her 70s has died.

The five new cases of COVID-19  are made up of three new confirmed cases and two new probable cases, says a statement from the Ministry of Health.

This is the same number of new cases as reported yesterday. Of the new cases reported today, four are linked to existing clusters, and one is still under investigation, the statement says.

"Three of today's cases are linked to aged residential facilities - one in Auckland and two in Christchurch and another case is linked to a smaller Waikato cluster. One of the Christchurch cases attributed to a cluster today is the patient who passed away yesterday morning.

The combined total of confirmed and probable cases in New Zealand is 1,461. Of those cases 1,118 are reported as recovered - an increase of 23 on yesterday.

"77 per cent of all confirmed and probable cases are now recovered.

"Sadly, today we are reporting the death last night of a woman in her 70s in Waitakere hospital who had been transferred from CHT St Margarets Hospital and Rest Home.”

She is the second resident transferred from CHT St Margarets to Waitakere to pass away.

"The woman had underlying health conditions and was a confirmed case of COVID-19," says the statement.

“Waitakere hospital staff were able to support daily visits by a family member in the days prior to their passing.

“The family have thanked both the staff at CHT St Margarets and Waitakere hospital for the professional and compassionate care provided to their mother.”

This is New Zealand’s 18th death from COVID-19.

There are seven people in hospital, one less than yesterday. This total includes one person in the ICU in Middlemore.

There remain 16 significant clusters.

A cluster in Wellington of 13 cases linked to a local wedding is now regarded as closed as there has now been 2 incubation periods of 28 days since a case was notified.

The ministry expects more clusters to be closed in coming days, says the statement.

“In total, we have recorded 395 people as recovered from COVID-19 who were considered part of a significant cluster.”

There were 6,777 tests completed yesterday and the combined total of tests undertaken to date is 115,015.

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