Nine new cases of COVID-19 today
There are nine new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand today, made up of four confirmed cases and five probable cases.
This brings the countries total number of cases to 1,470. There have been no further deaths.
There are 1,142 cases reported as recovered - an increase of 24 on yesterday. A statement issued by the Ministry of Health says 78 per cent of all confirmed and probable cases are now recovered.
Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says although it’s encouraging to have another day of single digit cases, vigilance remains crucial.
‘As we prepare to move to Alert Level 3 on Tuesday morning, it’s really important not to slacken off the effort.
‘Even though all these new cases are linked to existing community-based cases or clusters, or are a result of overseas travel, nine cases highlights the need for everybody to maintain a high level of vigilance in level 4 and as we move to level 3.’
There were 5,966 tests completed yesterday, with a combined total to date of 120,981.
Of the new cases reported today, four are linked to existing clusters, and five are linked to known confirmed cases.
78% of all confirmed and probable cases are now recovered.
There are seven people in hospital, unchanged from yesterday. This total includes one person in the ICU in Middlemore.
There are still 16 significant clusters.