There are four new cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand today, two in the community and two in managed isolation.
In a statement, the Health Ministry said the two cases in the community were both linked to the Auckland August cluster.
The first is a close contact of an existing confirmed case that has been epidemiologically linked to the cluster and the second is a household contact of a confirmed case linked to the Mt Roskill
Evangelical Church sub-cluster.
The Ministry said both were already in isolation.
Of the two imported cases, one is child and the other is a woman in her 20s. They both arrived from India on 23 August and they were each a close contact of separate previously reported confirmed cases.
Since 11 August 11 there have been 3,224 close contacts of cases identified, of which 3,199 have been contacted and were self-isolating, and the Ministry said it was in the process of contacting the rest.
The Ministry said there are 70 people linked to the community cluster who remain in the Auckland quarantine facility, which included 52 people who tested positive for Covid-19 and their household contacts.
There are four people in hospital with Covid-19 – three were stable and in isolation on a ward – one in Middlemore and two in North Shore hospital. The fourth person was in Waikato Hospital in ICU.
Two previously reported cases were now considered recovered – both community cases.
The total number of confirmed cases was now 1425.