Coronavirus: NZ has 20 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the community

Publish Date
Saturday, 18 September 2021, 1:16PM

New Zealand has 20 new cases of COVID-19 in the community, reports the Ministry of Health.

All of the new cases are in Auckland.

Today a total of 641 cases are now reported as having recovered from Covid-19.

That brings the total number of active cases in the community to 386 (the total number of cases in this outbreak is now 1,027).

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

There are 10 people in hospital, including three 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 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 3,682 confirmed cases since the pandemic began last year.