5 Sep 2020

Covid-19 update: Three new cases in New Zealand today - two in the community, one imported

1:10 pm on 5 September 2020

There have been three new cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand today - two in the community and one imported - after two deaths were reported in the past 24 hours.

Covid-19 coronavirus particles, illustration.

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There was no media conference today. In a statement, the Health Ministry said both community cases have been epidemiologically linked to the Auckland cluster.

"One case has been linked as a close contact to the Americold household sub-cluster and the other is a close contact of a confirmed case linked to the Mount Roskill Evangelical Church sub-cluster."

The imported case is a young child linked to a previously identified case who arrived from India on 23 August. The child was already in quarantine with family members.

There are two people in hospital with the coronavirus - one on a ward in North Shore Hospital and one in intensive care in Waikato Hospital.

There are now 77 people linked to the community cluster at the Auckland quarantine facility, including 60 people who have tested positive for Covid-19.

There are now 112 active cases in New Zealand, with one of the previously reported cases now recovered.

The total number of Covid-19 cases in New Zealand is now 1416.

New Zealand's labs processed 9470 tests yesterday, with more than 800,000 tests now carried out in this country.

There were five new cases reported in New Zealand yesterday - three community cases linked to the Auckland cluster, and two in managed isolation.

New Zealand's death toll from the coronavirus has now risen to 24, after two more deaths were reported in the past day.

Former Cook Islands Prime Minister and prominent doctor Joe Williams died in Auckland last night after contracting Covid-19, while a man in his 50s died in Middlemore Hospital yesterday.

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