13 new cases of COVID

There are 13 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand today – 12 in the community and one in managed isolation.

The case in managed isolation is a child who arrived in New Zealand on August 3 from Afghanistan via Dubai. They have been in managed isolation at the Pullman Hotel and tested negative around day 3 of their stay, then positive around day 12 of their stay.

They have been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility.

The 12 cases in the community are all Auckland-based and based on current information none has travelled outside of Auckland recently.

From early investigations all have a connection to the existing outbreak as close contacts of cases already reported.

There are three people receiving hospital-level care for COVID-19. Two are in Auckland City Hospital on a ward, and one person is in Middlemore on a ward. One is the person who we have previously reported as being in hospital, one has been admitted

overnight from the Auckland quarantine facility, and one person connected to the community outbreak has also been admitted to hospital.

To date, 66 people linked to the cluster have now been moved into the Auckland quarantine facility, including 29 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

The 13 new confirmed cases to report today bring our total number of confirmed cases to 1,271 which is the number we report to the World Health Organization.

The total number of active cases in New Zealand is now 69, of which 49 are from the recent community outbreak, and 20 are imported cases in managed isolation and quarantine facilities.

Of the 49 cases in the community outbreak, 46 are linked to the cluster, and three remain under investigation, but are believed to be linked to the same cluster.

Our national tracing service has 1,536 close contacts identified; they have contacted 1,322 as at 10am this morning, and they are all self-isolating. We are in the process of contacting the remaining close contacts.

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