COVID-19: 20 new community cases all in Auckland

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There are 20 new community cases today, all in Auckland.

There are two confirmed cases and two historical cases identified at the border; all four are in managed isolation. More than 60,000 vaccines were administered yesterday.

Nineteen of the 20 new community cases are household or known contacts and only one of these cases remains unlinked.

“Interviews are underway with that person to determine how they are linked to the current outbreak,” says a Ministry of Health spokesperson. “As noted yesterday, we are expecting some fluctuations in case numbers at this point in the outbreak.

“12,427 tests were taken yesterday, including more than 7,000 swabs taken in the Auckland region, and more than 1,500 essential worker tests.

“We have also had over 1,000 saliva tests since Monday with the majority in the last 48 hours. Over 400 employers will be instigating saliva testing for almost 4,500 employees across New Zealand.”

Testing at high levels in Auckland remains an essential part of our outbreak response to detect every community case and stop onwards transmission.

“We continue to urge anyone in Auckland with cold or flu symptoms, no matter how mild, to come forward to be tested.”

In addition, both people with and without symptoms who live in a suburb of interest are asked to get a test. These are: Mt Eden, Massey, Māngere, Favona, Paapatoetoe, Ōtara, Manurewa.




Number of new community cases


Number of new cases identified at the border


Location of new cases


Location of community cases (total)

Auckland 1,010 (625 of whom have recovered); Wellington 17 (16 of whom have recovered)

Number of community cases (total)

  1. (in current community outbreak)

Cases infectious in the community

Seven (64%) of yesterday’s 11 cases have exposure events

Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious

Four (36%) of yesterday’s 11 cases

Cases epidemiologically linked

19 of today’s cases

Cases to be epidemiologically linked

1 of today’s cases

Cases epidemiologically linked (total)

  1. (in current cluster) (7 in past 14 days unlinked)

Number of sub-clusters

Nine epidemiologically linked subclusters. Of these, one is active, seven are contained and one is dormant. The three largest subclusters are the Māngere church group: 384; and Birkdale social network cluster: 80; secondary community transmission associated with the Māngere church group 166.

There are ten epidemiologically unlinked subclusters.

Cases in hospital

10 (total): North Shore (1); Middlemore (6); Auckland (3)

Cases in ICU or HDU


Confirmed cases (total)

3,682 since pandemic began

Historical cases, since 1 Jan 2021 (total)

151 out of 1,864 since 1 Jan 2021



Number of active contacts being managed (total):


Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements)


Percentage with at least one test result


Locations of interest


Locations of interest (total)

142 (as at 10am 18 September)



Number of tests (total)


Number of tests total (last 24 hours)


Tests in Auckland (last 24 hours)


Tests rolling average (last 7 days)


Testing centres in Auckland




Wastewater detections

  1. are no unexpected detections.

COVID-19 vaccine update


Vaccines administered to date (total)

4,630,806; 1st doses: 3,049,241; 2nd doses: 1,581,565

Vaccines administered yesterday (total)

60,480; 1st doses: 33,048; 2nd doses: 27,432


1st doses: 286,766; 2nd doses: 138,377

Pacific Peoples

1st doses: 184,868; 2nd doses: 95,701

NZ COVID-19 tracer


Registered users (total)


Poster scans (total)


Manual diary entries (total)


Poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday


* There was no detection of COVID-19 in a wastewater sample collected on September 14 from Snells/Agies. This follows a detection from this site on September 7, it is likely that this earlier detection was from known cases in the area. Recovered cases can continue shedding viral matter for weeks after recovering.

Subcluster reporting

“A number of clusters are no longer cause for concern as we are not seeing new positive cases within them,” says a Ministry of Health spokesperson. “Each cluster that remains of interest, could be considered as a big bubble with the majority being close-knit groups of households.

“There has been good communication and engagement with these groups of households.”

Additional reporting will now include the number of subclusters that are active, contained, dormant or closed, based on the time since the last case associated with the subcluster was reported, and factors like whether the case was a household member.

“This helps us determine the risk associated with each subcluster. “

• Active subclusters: Cases reported within the previous 14 days and are not household or other known contacts of previous cases

• Contained subclusters: Cases reported within the previous 14 days and are household or other known contacts of previous cases

• Dormant subclusters: No cases reported in the previous 14 days

• Closed subclusters: No cases reported in previous 28 days

Confirmed cases identified at the border

Arrival date



Positive test day/reason

Managed isolation/quarantine location

16 September



Day 0 / routine


16 September


Serbia Montenegro / UAE

Day 0 / routine


Historical cases identified at the border

Arrival date



Positive test day/reason

Managed isolation/quarantine location

14 September



Day 0 / routine


11 September

Sri Lanka

Full travel history to be confirmed

Day 0 / routine



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Posted on 19-09-2021 08:39 | By

Coming next week no matter what. New Zealand will learn to live with it and stop being so scared. You cannot hide in the cave forever.