Coronavirus: NZ has 14 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the community

Publish Date
Tuesday, 21 September 2021, 1:02PM

New Zealand has 14 new cases of Covid-19 in the community, says Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

All of the new cases are in Auckland (including four cases in Upper Hauraki).

Today a total of 790 cases are now reported as having recovered from Covid-19. All of the Wellington cases are recovered.

That brings the total number of active cases in the community in Auckland to 295 (the total number of cases in this outbreak is now 1,085).

One of today's cases is yet to be epidemiologically linked.

There are 15 people in hospital, including four patients in intensive care.

Yesterday Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Auckland would move to alert level 3 at 11.59pm tonight after five weeks at alert level 4.

Following the new cases just south of the Auckland lockdown boundary in Whakatīwai, Dr Ashley Bloomfield also placed a section 70 notice for people around Mangatangi, effectively increasing the border around Auckland.

It would require those who had visited or lived there since September 8 to isolate and monitor symptoms. The section 70 notice will remain in place for five days.

The rest of the country is at alert level 2.

New Zealand has had 3,739 confirmed cases since the pandemic began last year.