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Covid-19: Five new cases, total in NZ now 116

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There are five new cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand today.

 

Four of the case are in the community and one is an imported case.

 

The four new community cases are linked to the wider Auckland August cluster and are epidemiologically linked to the Mt Roskill Evangelical Church “mini-cluster”.

 

The imported case is a man in his 20s who arrived from India on August 23. He is a close contact of an existing confirmed case.

 

There are four people with Covid-19 in hospital, One is in intensive care at Waikato Hospital, two are in a ward in Auckland’s North Shore Hospital and one is in a ward at Middlemore Hospital.

 

The total number of active cases in New Zealand is now 116, with 77 community cases and 39 imported cases in managed isolation and quarantine  - MIQ.

 

A Christchurch person who was under investigation has since tested negative for Covid-19, the Ministry of Health said.

 

Joe Williams. Photo: Pasifika Medical Association Group

 

Former Cook Islands prime minister and well-known Auckland doctor Joe Williams died from Covid-19 related causes in Auckland City Hospital on Friday night.

 

Another man connected to the August Auckland cluster also died on Friday at Middlemore Hospital.

He was in his 50s and believed to have worked at the Mt Wellington Americold coolstore, where the cluster’s first-known case worked.

The two deaths mean the number of Covid-19 related deaths in New Zealand has risen to 24.

The New Zealand Covid Tracer app now has more than 2 million registered users, who have collectively scanned an average of 1.7 million QR codes per day during the past week.

New Zealand’s 102-day streak without cases of community transmission was broken on August 11, when a family of four from South Auckland tested positive for Covid-19.

 

The outbreak prompted the Government to put the Auckland region into a level 3 lockdown for two-and-a-half weeks, while the rest of the country moved to alert level 2.

Auckland has now moved to alert level 2.5, and the rest of the country is at alert level 2.The geographic boundary of the Auckland alert level is the super city.

Current Covid-19 alert levels are to remain until at least September 14.

In Auckland, there is a ten-person limit on social gatherings, apart from funerals and tangihanga, which have a 50-person limit. Public and event venues can have up to 100 people.

For the rest of the country, gatherings are restricted to 100 people.

Masks are now mandatory on public transport nationwide.

If you are sick, call your GP before you visit, or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

To avoid contracting and spreading the virus, wash your hands properly, cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow and throw tissues away immediately.

 

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