Coronavirus: NZ has 13 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the community

Publish Date
Thursday, 16 September 2021, 1:00PM

New Zealand has 13 new cases of COVID-19 in the community, says Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

All of the new cases are in Auckland.

Today a total of 460 cases are now reported as having recovered from Covid-19.

That brings the total number of active cases in the community to 536 (the total number of cases in this outbreak is now 996).

Three of today's cases are yet to be epidemiologically linked.

There are 19 people in hospital, including four patients in intensive care.

On Monday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern revealed Auckland's level 4 restriction was to be extended in the region another week to stamp out any remaining community cases.

Level 2 was also extended for the rest of the country until next Tuesday, with Ardern stating some level of restrictions were needed while there was an active outbreak in Auckland and travel, however limited, remained across the border.

New Zealand has had 3,643 confirmed cases since the pandemic began last year.