No new COVID-19 cases for fifth consecutive day

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

There are no new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand for the fifth consecutive day. 

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says nobody is in hospital with COVID-19. This follows the discharge of a person from Middlemore Hospital in Auckland. 

The total number of confirmed and probable cases is 1504. 

He says one additional case has recovered. 

"There are now only 21 active cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand." 

There have been no further deaths. 

Ashley announced a new mobile app, Āwhina, released by the Ministry of Health.

He says it will help health workers access the information they need about COVID-19.

 "It provides them access to up to date information on the case defenition, local clinal pathways and on guidance around use of PPE." 

Ashley also encouraged people to continue to incopoprate excercise into thier daily routine, saying it will help keep them well this winter. 

Earlier: The Ministry of Health with provide an update on the COVID-19 response at 1pm.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield will be providing the live update from Wellington.

SunLive will be providing updates throughout the afternoon for those who are not able to tune into the livestream above.

What we know so far

On Tuesday, there were only 22 active cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says there were no new cases of the virus to report.

Therefore, the total confirmed number of cases remains at 1154.

"This is the number we will continue to report to the World Health Organisation," says Ashley.

The total number of confirmed and probable cases is 1504.

Ashley says the number of recovered cases is now 1461. He says there are 22 active cases in the country.

There are no additional deaths to report.

"One person remains in hospital and does not requite ICU care."

On Monday, laboratories processed 1841 test.

"We usually see lower numbers on Sunday and Monday," says Ashley.

To date, a total number of 263,156 tests have been processed in New Zealand.




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