COVID-19: 18 new community cases, all in Auckland

Over 5 million vaccines have been administered to date in NZ. Photo: File.

There are 18 new community cases of COVID-19 reported today, all located in Auckland.

There is one new case and two historical cases identified at the border. Over 5 million vaccines have been administered to date.

Of the 18 new community cases, 16 are epidemiologically linked and have been either in isolation at home or in an MIQ. Two of the new cases are still under investigation to determine a link.

There are currently 12 cases in hospital and four are in ICU or HDU.

As of 10am, Sunday September 26, there are 137 locations of interest.



Number of new community cases


Number of new cases identified at the border

One and two historical cases

Location of new community cases


Location of community cases (total)

Auckland (including 4 cases in Upper Hauraki; all of whom are in the same household) 1,148 (934 of whom have recovered); Wellington 17 (all of whom have recovered)

Number of community cases (total)

1,165 (in the current community outbreak)

Cases infectious in the community

Eight (50%) of yesterday’s 16 cases have exposure events

Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious

Eight (50%) of yesterday’s 16 cases

Cases epidemiologically linked

16 of today’s 18 cases. All 16 have been in isolation at home or in an MIQ.

Cases to be epidemiologically linked

Two of today’s 18 cases. Investigations are continuing to determine a link.

Cases epidemiologically linked (total)

1,138 (in the current cluster) (Five unlinked from the past fortnight).

Number of sub-clusters

15 epidemiologically linked subclusters. Of these, four are active, nine are contained and two are dormant. There are ten epidemiologically unlinked subclusters. Of these, three are contained and seven are dormant.

Cases in hospital

12 (total): North Shore (1); Middlemore (5); Auckland (6)

Cases in ICU or HDU


Confirmed cases (total)

3,827 since pandemic began

Historical cases, since 1 Jan 2021 (total)

*160 out of 2,009 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)

137 (as at 10am 26 September)



Number of tests (total)


Number of tests total (last 24 hours)


Tests processed in Auckland (last 24 hours)


Tests rolling average (last 7 days)


Testing centres in Auckland




Wastewater detections

No unexpected detections in the last 24 hours

**COVID-19 vaccine update


Vaccines administered to date (total)

5,020,900; 1st doses: 3,231,444; 2nd doses: 1,789,456

Vaccines administered yesterday (total)

51,472; 1st doses: 19,350; 2nd doses: 32,122


1st doses: 309,516; 2nd doses: 156,823

Pacific Peoples

1st doses: 200,285; 2nd doses: 110,294

Vaccines administered to Auckland residents to date (total)

1,827,394; 1st doses: 1,174,052 (82%); 2nd doses: 653,342 (46%)

Vaccines administered to Auckland residents yesterday (total)

20,272; 1st doses: 6,568; 2nd doses: 13,704

NZ COVID-19 tracer


Registered users (total)


Poster scans (total)


Manual diary entries (total)


Poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday


*One previously reported border case has been reclassified as historical, therefore the total number of historical cases reported since 1 January 2021 has increased by three today.

New case identified at the border

Arrival date



Positive test day/reason

Managed isolation/quarantine location

21 September


United Arab Emirates

Day 3 / routine


Historical cases identified at the border

Arrival date



Positive test day/reason

Managed isolation/quarantine location

11 September

Sri Lanka

United Arab Emirates

Day 12 / routine


22 September

United Kingdom


Day 0/routine


**5 million doses of vaccine administered
Vaccinators across the country have now administered more than five million doses.
We want to reiterate our thanks to frontline staff administering the vaccines, especially during the current community outbreak. Your hard work is helping to keep New Zealanders safe.

More than 200,000 Pasifika people have also now received their first dose of vaccine.

Testing in Auckland continues to focus on Clover Park, Māngere, Favona, Ōtara, Manurewa, and Mount Wellington/Sylvia Park. 980 tests taken from these suburbs were processed yesterday.

There continues to be good uptake of testing for people connected to Clover Park with over 2,140 tests processed since Sunday September 19.

“We are continuing to encourage Clover Park residents, and those in the surrounding areas, to get a test regardless of whether they have symptoms of COVID-19,” says a Ministry of Health spokesperson.

“We have seen good testing numbers for Mt Wellington residents, with over 1,300 tests processed in three days.”

The nearest community testing centres for people living in the Mt Wellington/Sylvia Park area are the pop-up CTC at the Auckland Netball Centre in St Johns and the Mt Smart Stadium Community Testing Centre in Penrose.

A new pop-up testing centre opens today at the Tuakau Rugby League Club. From today, the Pukekohe pop-up community testing centre will be at the Pukekohe Netball Centre.

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