Coronavirus: New Zealand has 100 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the community

Publish Date
Wednesday, 3 November 2021, 1:07PM

New Zealand has 100 new cases of Covid-19 in the community, reports Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

Of today's new cases, 97 are in Auckland, while three are in Waikato - taking the total number of cases in Waikato to 144 (45 of whom have recovered).

52 of these new cases are household or close contacts of existing cases.

Today a total of 1,715 cases are now reported as having recovered from Covid-19.

That brings the total number of active cases in the community to 2,018 (the total number of cases in this outbreak is now 3,733).

There are now 14 cases in Northland (three of whom have recovered) and four active cases in Christchurch.

There are 58 people in hospital, including three patients in intensive care.

Auckland, Northland and parts of Waikato (Raglan, Te Kauwhata, Ngaruawahia, Hamilton city, Huntly, Te Kuiti, Waipa, Ōtorohanga, Te Awamutu, Karapiro and Cambridge) are currently at alert level 3.

Waikato has seen an easing of restrictions overnight as it moved to level 3 step 2.

Auckland will "step down" at 11.59pm on Tuesday 9 November.

The rest of the country is at alert level 2.

Last week, the Prime Minister revealed New Zealand will move into a new way of managing Covid-19 when District Health Boards have 90 per cent of their eligible populations vaccinated.

The traffic light system will use vaccine certificates to allow complying businesses to continue to operate at all times - and proposes to end nationwide lockdowns.

New Zealand has had 6,471 confirmed cases since the pandemic began last year and 28 deaths.