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11 new cases of Covid-19 - Ministry of Health

11 new cases of Covid-19 - Ministry of Health

There are five new confirmed cases of COVID-19 to report in the community today.

The results of the more than 220 church tests will be closely dissected by Ardern and the rest of her cabinet on Monday. Further tracing and testing will continue and these figures will be updated as we receive more information.

Anyone visiting St Lukes at that time should be alert to symptoms and contact health professionals if feeling sick, Dr Bloomfield said. This includes 70 people who have tested positive.

"But I'll also add, it's not just whether you have cases it's how you choose to deal with them as a nation and personally I am incredibly proud of the approach that all New Zealanders have taken to the battle against COVID-19".

He says there are no imported cases. A male in his 50s, returned from Basra via Dubai and Sydney, arriving in New Zealand between 16-17 August - more details will be provided when available.

She had been in isolation in the Sudima Hotel in Rotorua and is now in the quarantine facility in Auckland.

Of the 78 active cases, 58 are linked to the growing Auckland cluster.

The Rydges Hotel worker case, which genome sequencing has linked to a border hotel was an example of resurgence which might not trigger a wider level 3 or 4 response.

Of the 1,999 close contacts identified as part of the outbreak, 1,924 have been contacted and asked to self-isolate. However, an epidemiological link is still to be established.

"One specific line of enquiry is that this case and another case may have been on the same bus".

The Ministry of Health does remind people that the wearing of masks, social distancing and proper hand hygiene are a good defence against exposure to the virus.

Condemning New Zealand's Covid-19 response for a third time this week, Mr Trump said "it's over for New Zealand", labelling the Auckland community cluster a "massive outbreak".

Four of today's cases are Auckland based and one is linked to the two cases in Tokoroa and is receiving treatment in Waikato Hospital. One of the cases in Middlemore is now in ICU.

Four members of a south Auckland family have tested positive to COVID-19.

The public can be confident that our DHBs are managing this effectively, as they did in the first outbreak of COVID-19 in New Zealand.

We are getting applications from people who do not need to apply.

Yesterday, laboratories carried out 23,038 tests, bringing the total number of tests carried out to date to 639,415.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield ... surge testing of border workers is almost done.

Dr Bloomfield said surge testing of border workers was almost done - further testing in Auckland will start next week and then regular testing will begin.

The bus journey happened on August 12, before Auckland went into alert level 3.