Two new cases of COVID-19 today

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The Ministry of Health has announced two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand today. There are no new probable cases. 

A statement issued by the Ministry says both of today’s cases can be linked to the St Margaret’s Hospital & Rest Home cluster in Auckland. 

“Both cases are household contacts of an employee at the rest home.” 

There are no further deaths to report. The total of confirmed and probable cases is 1,487. 

There were 4,634 tests completed yesterday, with a combined total to date of 150,223. 

1,266 cases are reported as recovered – an increase of 3 on yesterday. 85 per cent of all confirmed and probable cases are now considered as recovered. 

There are eight people in hospital, none in ICU. 

There are still 16 significant clusters. 

Three of these clusters are now considered closed as there is no longer transmission of the virus associated with the cluster. 

The three closed clusters are the Wellington wedding cluster and the two clusters linked with group travel to the United States – one in Wellington and the other in Auckland. 

Almost a week into level 3, the Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield has reinforced the need for people to continue to act in line with the level 3 expectations. 

"It’s crucial that all New Zealanders stay vigilant and follow the guidelines of physical distancing, keeping to our bubbles, practising good hand hygiene and if you’re unwell, staying away from others and seeking medical advice.

“Today’s numbers are encouraging but we can’t take them for granted. As I said last week, we all have a part to play.” 

He says It’s been concerning to see some behaviours continue into the weekend. 

“Continuing to be vigilant will be key in supporting a move down to level 2 as soon as possible,” says Ashley. 

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