18 community cases of Covid; one new case and two historical cases in managed isolation

  • Number of new community cases: 18
  • Number of new cases identified at the border: One and two historical cases
  • Location of new community cases: Auckland
  • 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: Four
  • Confirmed cases (total): 3,827 since pandemic began
  • Historical cases, since 1 Jan 2021 (total): *160 out of 2,009 since 1 Jan 2021
  • *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.


    • Number of active contacts being managed (total): 958
    • Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements): 92%
    • Percentage with at least one test result: 93%

    Locations of interest

    • Locations of interest (total): 137 (as at 10am 26 September)


    • Number of tests (total): 3,329,629
    • Number of tests total (last 24 hours): 13,442
    • Tests processed in Auckland (last 24 hours): 4,498
    • Tests rolling average (last 7 days): 13,868
    • Testing centres in Auckland: 20


    • 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
    • Māori: 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): 3,253,549
    • Poster scans (total): 386,016,307
    • Manual diary entries (total): 17,039,518
    • Poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday: 2,716,660
    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 19 September. 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.

    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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