15 Sep 2021

Covid-19 update: 14 new community cases announced

1:55 pm on 15 September 2021

There have been 14 new community cases of Covid-19 reported today, all detected in Auckland, the Ministry of Health has revealed.

Coronavirus COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, 3D illustration. Close-up view of a corona virus with surface spikes

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There is now a total of 983 cases in the current outbreak.

Yesterday the ministry announced there were 15 new cases - a drop from 33 identified the previous day.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said at today's media briefing that the worker at the SO/ Auckland Hotel MIQ facility who has tested positive for Covid-19 has a potential link with a community case so is not being considered as a result of in-facility transmission.

ESR should confirm this later today.

The worker was fully vaccinated and was also now in quarantine, he said.

There are 20 cases in hospital today, including four in ICU or HDU.

There were also three new historical cases detected at the border.

The Ministry said 441 of the 966 Auckland cases had now recovered, while all but two of Wellington's 17 cases have also recovered.

There have now been 3981 cases of the coronavirus in New Zealand since the pandemic began.

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