- Publish Date
- Monday, 30 August 2021, 1:20AM
New Zealand has 53 new cases of COVID-19 in the community, reports the Ministry of Health.
That brings the total number of active cases in the community to 562.
547 of the total cases are in Auckland, 15 are in Wellington.
There are 37 people in hospital, including five patients in intensive care.
There are 522 cases that have been clearly epidemiologically-linked to another case or sub-cluster, and a further 42 for which links are yet to be fully established.
On Friday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced New Zealand's level 4 lockdown would be extended nationwide until 11.59pm on Tuesday 31 August.
All of the country - except Auckland and Northland - will then drop to level 3.
A decision about our two northernmost regions will be made today, with Aucklanders warned to expect at least two more weeks of level 4 from Tuesday.
The decision to keep Northland in level 4 was in part due to a positive case in Auckland's Warkworth, which is 30km south of the Northland border, Ardern said.
The Government is still investigating how the original transmission occurred from the New South Wales returnee who was staying in MIQ at the Crowne Plaza.