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COVID-19 update: Six new cases today and one death

There were 5,691 COVID-19 tests completed yesterday. File image/SunLive.

Today there are six new cases of COVID-19 made up of two new confirmed cases and four probable cases.

The Ministry of Health says five of today’s cases can be traced to a known source and one case is still being investigated.

Sadly, today there has been a death of a resident of the Rosewood Rest Home who was transferred to Burwood Hospital, the ministry says in a statement.

George Hollings was in his 80s, and his family have asked us to share his name and some information about him, the statement says.

“George had a lot of friends who the family don’t have contact details for and they’d like for them to have the opportunity to grieve along with his family.

“His family tell us that George will be remembered as a real Kiwi bloke, a rough diamond, who loved his deer stalking.”

His family also say the staff who cared for George did an exemplary job, the ministry says.

“We can’t speak highly enough of the care Dad received. You’ve clearly chosen the best, most compassionate staff to work at Burwood”.

George was considered to be a probable case of COVID-19, and he also had underlying health conditions. He passed away early this morning, says the statement.

“Every person we lose to COVID-19 is a tragedy, with a family and friends left without their loved one. Our thoughts are with George’s family today and in the coming days. There have now been 20 deaths from COVID-19 in New Zealand.”

The total of confirmed and probable cases is 1,485 and New Zealand’s total number of confirmed cases is 1,134.

There were 5,691 tests completed yesterday, with a combined total to date of 145,589.

Of New Zealand’s cases, 1,263 are reported as recovered – an increase of 11 on yesterday. This means 85 per cent of all confirmed and probable cases have now recovered.

There are five people in hospital, with none in ICU.

There are still 16 significant clusters, but three clusters are now considered closed as there is no longer transmission of the virus associated with the cluster.

A COVID-19 cluster is considered to be closed after a total of 28 consecutive days – or two incubation periods for the virus – since its most recent report date of a reported case, says the MOH.

The ministry is reporting the three closed clusters are the Wellington wedding cluster, closed on April 25 and the two clusters linked with group travel to the United States – one in Wellington and the other in Auckland that have been closed today.

EARLIER: The Ministry of Health will be providing a COVID-19 update this afternoon.

There will be no press conference.

As of 9am yesterday there were three new confirmed cases of the virus.

One of these cases is linked to overseas travel, one is linked to a known case and the other is still being investigated, says Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay.

There are 1132 confirmed cases and 347 probable cases bringing the total of combined cases to 1479.

No new deaths were reported on Friday and the total number of COVID-19 related deaths remains at 19.

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