Coronavirus: New Zealand has 83 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 in the community

Publish Date
Sunday, 29 August 2021, 1:08PM

New Zealand has 83 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 511.

496 of the total cases are in Auckland, 15 are in Wellington.

There are 34 people in hospital, including two patients in intensive care.

There are 453 cases that have been clearly epidemiologically-linked to another case or sub-cluster, and a further 58 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 tomorrow, 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.