Nine new cases of COVID-19 today

There are nine new cases of COVID-19 in the community today.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says there are no new cases in managed isolation.

Seven of the nine cases have been linked to the Auckland cluster, and the other two remain under investigation.

There are currently five people receiving hospital level care in both Auckland Hospital and Middlemore Hospital.

Ashley says as of 6pm yesterday, 86 people linked to the Auckland cluster have been moved to the quarantine facility.

The total number of active COVID-19 cases in New Zealand is 78. Of those, 58 are related to the community cases and the other 20 are imported.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases is 1280.

Laboratories in New Zealand processed 26,014 cases yesterday, Ashley saying it has been heartening to see the number of people coming forward to be tested.

He says due to the high number of people coming forward to get tested, there can be delays of up to 48 hours.

"Testing at the border for the workforce at airports and ports continue to increase.”

There are testing stations at both the Port of Auckland and the Port of Tauranga.

The team at the Tauranga port will be able to “test several thousand over the next few days,” he says.

Government agency frontline workers either have been, or are about to be tested for COVID-19.

In the last 24 hours, 68,000 users have registered with the COVID-19 Tracer app. 

More than one million people have registered in total, he says.

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