Coronavirus: New Zealand has 75 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 in the community

Publish Date
Wednesday, 1 September 2021, 1:06PM

New Zealand has 75 new cases of COVID-19 in the community, says Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

That brings the total number of active cases in the community to 687.

Bloomfield said the cases were expected to bounce up again because of day 12 results showing up more household contacts testing positive.

All of the new cases are in Auckland, except one in Wellington.

The total number of community cases in Auckland is now 671 and 16 in Wellington.

There are 32 people in hospital, including eight patients in intensive care.

On Monday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced New Zealand's level 4 lockdown would be extended in Auckland for two weeks until 11.59pm on Tuesday 14 September.

While Northland's level 4 lockdown has been extended until tomorrow night.

The rest of the country dropped to level 3 last night.

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.