COVID-19: 24 new community cases

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay will provide an update on the current COVID-19 outbreak at 1pm.

There are 24 new community cases announced today, all in Auckland.

There are no new cases identified at the border today. More than 50,000 vaccines were administered yesterday.

The Health Ministry says 21 of today's cases had a known connection with previous cases.

All of today's cases are in the Auckland area and all of Wellington's 17 cases have now recovered.

There have now been 1050 total cases associated with the current community outbreak.

Of the 20 community cases yesterday, 19 were household or known contacts of other cases, and only one was unlinked, the ministry says.

Eleven and 13 cases were reported on the previous two days.

There are 13 people in hospital with the coronavirus, with four in ICU or HDU.

There has been a total of 3704 cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand since the pandemic started.

A prisoner in Auckland has tested positive for Covid-19. It is understood the prisoner is currently on remand in Mt Eden Corrections facility, where they are in isolation.

He was among a group of about 13 taken into the remand prison on Friday and returned a positive test the next day, it is understood. All other prisoners in the group have tested negative.

They appeared in the Manukau District Court the previous day, it is understood. The court was then closed for a deep clean.



Number of new community cases


Number of new cases identified at the border

No new cases at the border today

Location of new cases


Location of community cases (total)

Auckland 1,033 (671 of whom have recovered); Wellington 17 (all of whom have recovered)

*Number of community cases (total)

1,050 (in current community outbreak)

Cases infectious in the community

Six (30%) of yesterday’s 20 cases have exposure events

Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious

14 (70%) of yesterday’s 20 cases

Cases epidemiologically linked

21 of today’s cases

Cases to be epidemiologically linked

3 of today’s cases

Cases epidemiologically linked (total)

1018 (in the current cluster) (12 in the 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 167.
There are ten epidemiologically unlinked subclusters.

Cases in hospital

13 (total): North Shore (1); Middlemore (7); Auckland (5)

Cases in ICU or HDU


Confirmed cases (total)

3,704 since pandemic began

Historical cases, since 1 Jan 2021 (total)

151 out of 1,886 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)

134 (as at 10am 19 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

There was a positive detection in a sample from Pukekohe collected on 15 September. This follows a positive detection on 8 September and non-detection on 10 September. The result is believed to be linked to known cases in the area.

COVID-19 vaccine update


Vaccines administered to date (total)

4,684,416; 1st doses: 3,078,338; 2nd doses: 1,606,078

Vaccines administered yesterday (total)

53,386; 1st doses: 28,946; 2nd doses: 24,440


1st doses: 289,716; 2nd doses: 140,473

Pacific Peoples

1st doses: 187,302; 2nd doses: 97,994

NZ COVID-19 tracer


Registered users (total)


Poster scans (total)


Manual diary entries (total)


Poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday


*Two previously reported cases have been re-classified as not cases, resulting in a net increase of 22 cases.

On Saturday, there were 20 new community cases of Covid-19, all in Auckland - just one case is unlinked.

Today, Sunday marks the longest amount of time any part of the country has been in alert level 4 as Auckland continues to be under lockdown restrictions.

More locations of interest linked to the outbreak continue to be added. A petrol station in Mount Maunganui was added on Saturday.

Z Central Parade in the Tauranga suburb has two different times of interest listed – September 11 between 10:10am-11:15am and Tuesday between 9:55am-11:15am.

The petrol station joins locations outside of Auckland now considered of interest, after a truck driver who tested positive was found to be infectious while visiting Hamilton, Cambridge and Tauranga.

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Oh dear

Posted on 20-09-2021 06:08 | By

Looks like we need to put a ring around the Waikato. Set up another border force. Hahaha. The penny is STILL not dropping.


Posted on 19-09-2021 15:17 | By

It is not only circulating in Auckland, it is circulating outside of Auckland. There will be hundreds, if not thousands, who have had it or got it but didn’t get tested. Why would they? For most people the symptoms are zilch or very mild. Just shows the stupidity of a zero Covid “strategy”. It’s like trying to herd ghosts. Get over it and get out of the cave.