Coronavirus: New Zealand has seven new confirmed cases of COVID today

Publish Date
Thursday, 17 September 2020, 12:47PM

Today New Zealand has seven new confirmed cases of COVID in managed isolation, the Ministry of Health has reported.

The new cases are a woman in her 30s who arrived from the United States; a man in his 60s, a man in his 30s, a child and a woman in her 20s who arrived from India; a man in his 40s who arrived from Indonesia; and a woman in her 50s who arrived from Uzbekistan.

There are four people in hospital, with none in intensive care.

Today nine previously reported cases are now considered recovered.

That brings the total number of active cases to 77 in New Zealand, with 44 in the community.

The total number of confirmed cases in New Zealand since the pandemic began is 1,458.

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New Zealand's 25th Covid death was confirmed yesterday.

The man who died was Nigel Te Hiko, whose brother Alan also died from the virus two weeks earlier.

It is believed that Nigel, aged 54, had contracted COVID from Alan, who had worked at the Americold facility in Auckland.

Auckland is currently in alert level "2.5", with tighter restrictions than normal level 2 including a 10-per person limit on social gatherings other than funerals or tangi.

The rest of the country is at level 2.

On Moday the Government decided to keep the current settings for now.

If the current trend in case numbers continued, Aucklanders would be allowed larger gatherings from Wednesday next week, while the rest of the country would move to level 1 from Tuesday next week.