For the seventh day in a row, there are no new cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand.
Our total number of confirmed cases remains at 1,154, which is the number we report to the World Health Organization.
Our combined total of confirmed and probable cases remains at 1,504.
There are seven additional recovered cases meaning this total is now 1,481. Only one case remains active.
There are no additional deaths to report.
There is no one in New Zealand receiving hospital-level care for COVID-19.
Yesterday our laboratories completed 4,162 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 275,852.
NZ COVID Tracer app
The NZ COVID Tracer app has now recorded 446,000 registrations – that’s an increase of 10,000 since this time yesterday.
We continue to encourage as many people as possible to download the app – it will help us identify, trace, test and isolate any cases of COVID-19.
We also recognise the work being done by businesses to get their unique QR codes up and running, with 19,530 posters having been created as of this morning.
A change to the size of social gatherings that are permitted under Alert Level 2 came into effect at midday today.
Groups of up to 100 people are now permitted – this includes events at home and outside of home, and gatherings like religious services, parties, weddings, tangihanga and funerals.
It’s important everyone continues to play it safe.
The person in charge of a social gathering must ensure records are kept for contact tracing purposes, except in cases where every person in a gathering knows each other.
The rules of “seated, separated, single-server” still apply for hospitality businesses, but they can now take group bookings for more than 10 people.
Faith-based gatherings and clubs will be able to operate with the 100 person maximum applying in each defined area, as long as intermingling in common spaces can be prevented.