COVID-19 update: Two new cases today

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There are two new cases of COVID-19 today, made up of one confirmed case and one probable case.

Today’s cases bring New Zealand’s combined total of confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases to 1,492, says a statement from the Ministry of Health.

This is made up of 1142 confirmed cases and 350 probable cases.

There are now 1368 people recovered from the virus, which is 92 per cent of all confirmed and probable cases – an increase of 21 from yesterday.

There have been no further deaths with the death toll remaining at 21.

Both cases announced today are linked to the St Margaret’s Hospital & Rest Home in Auckland, says the statement.

 The confirmed case is a household contact of another confirmed case linked to the cluster, says the statement.

“The probable case is a nurse employed by Waitemata District Health Board who has been in self-isolation and is now regarded a probable case. Both new cases remain in self-isolation at home.”

The nurse had been looking after St Margaret’s patients at Waitakere Hospital and was among the close contacts of other positive cases, says MOH.

“Affected areas at Waitakere Hospital remain closed to further admissions and multiple precautions have been in place over the last week.”

The Waitemata DHB has confirmed to the Ministry that it has ample supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in stock and this is being used by staff in line with national guidance, says the statement.

“The DHB is also ensuring that training in the correct use of PPE and other infection control strategies for COVID-19 continue for all relevant staff.”

Today there are two people in hospital with COVID-19 – one in Middlemore and one in North Shore hospital. None of these patients are in ICU.

There are still 16 significant clusters, four of which are now closed.

Yesterday laboratories completed 7,204 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 183,039.

This equates to 3.5 per cent of the population and puts New Zealand in the top 20 countries per capita for testing, says the statement.

There will be no live briefings over the weekend these will resume on Monday.

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