There are 12 new confirmed cases and one probable case of COVID-19 to report in the community today – 13 new cases in total.
Of the 13 new cases, all bar one, are linked to existing cases. The 13th, currently in Auckland hospital, is believed to be linked but the link is still being investigated.
Two of the 13 new cases are in Tokoroa. These two people tested positive after a visit from a close contact of one of the Auckland cases.
Details of all these cases is on our website.
We are now asking that all positive cases and their families who live in Auckland transfer to the local quarantine facility. This is so we can greatly reduce the risk of transmission, especially within households.
To date, 38 people linked to the cluster have now been moved into quarantine facility, including 18 who have tested positive and close contacts.
The 12 new confirmed cases to report today bring our total number of confirmed cases to 1251 which is the number we report to the World Health Organization.
The total number of active cases in New Zealand to 48, 29 of which are linked to the recent outbreak.
We continue to investigate close contacts. Our primary means of doing this is interviewing each positive case, identifying contacts and testing and isolating those who are close contacts and assessing casual contacts who are advised to be vigilant about their health. If symptoms develop they should seek medical advice from Healthline or their GP and isolate and get tested if they develop symptoms.