Again today there are no new cases of COVID-19 to report.
This means the number of active cases in New Zealand remains at 22. All active cases have recently returned from overseas and are or were in managed isolation facilities.
There have been no cases of community transmission.
One person remains in Auckland City Hospital in a stable condition on a ward.
Our total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 remains at 1,178, which is the number we report to the World Health Organization.
Yesterday our laboratories completed 4,530 tests, taking us past 400,000 tests to 402,000. This includes testing at managed isolation facilities and community-based testing across the country.
The global picture
“The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide continues to increase and some countries continue to experience a resurgence,” says Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield.
“Yesterday’s developments from Victoria with the imposition of targeted lockdowns reinforce that even countries with strong protocols in place, such as Australia, may need to change tack, sometimes really quickly.
“We have worked very closely with Australia and will continue to do so. We will watch the latest developments closely to see how this approach and the measures they are putting in place, such as localised lockdowns, play out.
“A key takeout for all of us from this is that we must continue to be on guard and vigilant, as individuals, as communities and as a country.
“It’s good news that all of our currently active cases have been caught at the border, and there is no evidence of community transmission. However we will continue widespread testing of people with symptoms across the community as part of our ongoing surveillance.
“We also need to continue to draw on the key public health measures New Zealand has reinforced right from day one:
- most importantly – if you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise
- if you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline and take advice on getting tested
- good hand hygiene will always be a simple and effective tool
- keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help with contact tracing if we need it. Download the COVID Tracer app and use it.