LIVE COVID update: 23 new cases in Auckland

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins and Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield are to front today's standup at 1pm.

UPDATE: There is a total of 23 new cases of Covid-19 being reported in the community today.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says they are all in the Auckland area.

Speaking at today's media stand-up, Bloomfield says this brings the total number of cases in this outbreak to 1108.

"The good thing is 836 people have recovered."

He says there is one new case in MIQ.

"Twenty two of today's cases are epidemialogically linked, 11 are household contacts, with six in one household.

"Five are known contacts and one is a likely contact."

Bloomfied says 13 people are in hospital with the virus, two are in ICU.

Chris Hipkins says 80 per cent of the eligible populaion in Auckland have now received their first Covid shot.

September case numbers

Number of new community cases 23
Number of new cases identified at the border One
Location of new cases Auckland
Location of community cases (total) Auckland (including 4 cases in Upper Hauraki) 1,091 (818 of whom have recovered); Wellington 17 (all of whom have recovered);
Number of community cases (total) 1,108 (in current community outbreak)
Cases infectious in the community Seven (50%) of yesterday’s cases have exposure events
Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious Seven (50%) of yesterday’s cases
Cases epidemiologically linked 22 of today’s cases
Cases to be epidemiologically linked 1 of today’s cases
Cases epidemiologically linked (total) 1,080 (in current cluster) (7 unlinked from past fortnight)
Number of sub-clusters Ten epidemiologically linked subclusters. Of these, two are active, seven are contained and one is dormant.
There are eleven epidemiologically unlinked subclusters. Of these, three are active, three are contained and five are dormant
Cases in hospital 13 (total): Auckland (3); Middlemore (10).
Cases in ICU or HDU Two
Confirmed cases (total) 3,763 since pandemic began
Historical cases, since 1 Jan 2021 (total) 152 out of 1,945 since 1 Jan 2021
Number of active contacts being managed (total) 1,282
Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements) 93%
Percentage with at least one test result 89%
Locations of interest  
Locations of interest (total) 126 (as at 10am 21 September)
Number of tests (total) 3,267,861
Total number of laboratory tests processed (last 24 hours) 18,877
Tests rolling average (last 7 days) 13,510
Swabs taken in Auckland (last 24 hours) 9780
Testing centres in Auckland 22
Wastewater detections No unexpected detections in ESR’s latest testing
COVID-19 vaccine update  
Vaccines administered to date (total) 4,817,214 1st doses: 3,146,149; 2nd doses: 1,671,065
Vaccines administered yesterday (total) 53,721; 1st doses: 27,534 2nd doses: 26,187
Mâori 1st doses: 298,008 2nd doses: 145,965
Pacific Peoples 1st doses: 192,841 2nd doses: 102,109
NZ COVID-19 tracer  
Registered users (total) 3,240,718
Poster scans (total) 375,582,697
Manual diary entries (total) 16,778,429
Poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday 2,319,996

Historical cases identified at the border

Arrival date From Via Positive test day/reason Managed isolation/quarantine location
20 September Canada USA Day 0 / routine Wellington


Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins and Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield will provide an update on the current Covid-19 outbreak and the vaccine rollout.

Yesterday, 14 new community cases of Covid-19, including a further case in Upper Hauraki, were announced.

This was a household contact who was tested yesterday, with all other cases today located in Auckland.

It takes the current number of cases in the community outbreak to 1085.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also announced a change in some Covid-19 public health rules.

Whilst she says most people have been compliant with regulations the “odd person” has broken the rules and “put others at risk”.

The maximum fine for individuals is being raised from $300 up to $4000. For businesses, the fine is being raised to a potential $12,000.

When individual fines are being handed out by the Court, the maximum figure is now $12,000, up from $1000. For companies, that maximum is now $15,000.

Tune into the livestream above to see what today's developments are.

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Posted on 22-09-2021 18:01 | By

Sir Ash was asked about the vaccination rate for Moaris. He said he wouldn’t be happy to loosen “restrictions” until it was 90% plus. Well that’s not going to happen is it? I want to win the lottery. But it’s not going to happen. So I live my life accordingly. The bloke is off his rocker.