NZ lockdown – day 24: 13 new cases reported – slight increase

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New Zealand had no further coronavirus deaths to report today, but 20 people are in hospital with Covid-19. Image: RNZ

By RNZ News

New Zealand reported 13 new cases of Covid-19 today, made up of eight confirmed, and five probable cases.

The total number of cases in the country is now 1422.

There are now 867 reported cases of Covid-19 who have recovered – an increase of 51 on yesterday.

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The government did not hold its usual media conference today, instead issuing a written statement with the latest update.

It also confirmed there are no further deaths to report, with the total remaining at 11. Twenty people are in hospital with Covid-19.

Three people are in ICU, one in Middlemore Hospital, one in Dunedin Hospital in a critical condition, and one in North Shore hospital in a critical condition.

The number of significant clusters remains at 16, and seven more cases have been connected to clusters.

Record tests
Yesterday there was a record number of tests, with 4677 tests processed, taking the seven day rolling average to 2905.

Targeted testing to determine whether there was any undetected community transmission has taken place in Queenstown, Waikato, Canterbury and is taking place in Auckland today.

All of the tests taken at Pak n Save Queenstown have come back negative.

In Waikato, 308 people were tested across Otorohanga, Hamilton, Matamata, Cambridge and Te Awamutu and all of these tests were negative.

All of the tests processed so far from community testing in Canterbury have also come back negative for Covid-19.

Testing began at two supermarkets in Auckland this morning, with the aim of collecting 150 swabs at each site.

Man jailed over breaches
Today’s number of new cases is only a slight increase after days of decline, with just eight new cases announced yesterday.

Cabinet will decide on Monday whether the country is ready to move out of level 4 lockdown and will be basing that decision on the most up to date data and information.

A Whanganui man has been sentenced to one month in prison for repeatedly breaching the Alert Level 4 lockdown restrictions.

The man, 38, had been verbally warned on five separate occasions, according to Central District Commander Superintendent Chris de Wattignar.

He was caught breaching the restrictions for a sixth time when he was discovered to have travelled some distance from his home via a vehicle.

This article is republished by the Pacific Media Centre under a partnership agreement with RNZ.

  • If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (+64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs) or call your GP – don’t show up at a medical centre.
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