COVID-19 in New Zealand, August

New Zealand // 24 August, 2020

From midday Wednesday August 12 until at least 30 August the Auckland region is at Alert Level 3. The rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 2 until at least 6 September. 

Imported cases continue to be reported. At least 1,683 confirmed and probable cases, and 22 deaths. Status "limited activity".

See the Ministry of Health COVID-19 current cases and the Government COVID-19 website. COVID-19 health advice and information is available via the Healthline on 0800 358 5453. NZ COVID Tracer app is available.

24 August: The lockdown in Auckland, scheduled to end 26 August, has been extended for the rest of the week. Dozens of new cases have been reported in the past week. No new deaths have occurred since the disease re-emerged. There are now more than 100 cases associated with the Auckland cluster. Masks are mandatory on all public transport.

17 August: The national elections will be postponed from 19 September to 17 October due to the new outbreak centered in Auckland. Nine new cases were reported today. In the total of 78 active cases in the country, around 75 percent are in the Auckland cluster. A quarter of the Auckland cases are children under 19 years old. 

14 August: There are now 35 confirmed or suspected cases in the Auckland cluster. All but two are in the Auckland area. (The other two were reported in Tokoroa, about 200 km (124 miles) away, among people who interacted with a contact of one of the Auckland cases.) Health officials are working to discover the cause of the outbreak.

The Auckland region entered Alert Level 3 on 12 August, which was originally scheduled to terminate today. It has since been extended through 26 August, at minimum. People are asked to stay at home except for essential trips. People currently in Auckland but who live elsewhere have been advised to go home. Schools will operate at limited capacity, and public venues such as museums, playgrounds and gyms will remain shut.

13 August: At least 13 new cases were confirmed, all linked to the four cases reported yesterday. This brings the total number of cases in the Auckland cluster to 17.

12 August: One further locally-acquired case has been reported in the last 24 hours, in a contact of the four cases identified in Auckland yesterday. Four probable symptomatic cases have been identified and test results are awaited. Over 200 close contacts are being followed up. With Auckland entering into Alert Level 3 from midday, the Prime Minister has urged people who go outside to wear a mask.

11 August: At least four new cases have been confirmed in a family in Auckland. The index case is a 50-year-old and has no history of travel overseas. The source of infection is being investigated. These are the first cases reported in the country in about 100 days since the last case of locally acquired COVID-19.

For three days from midday Wednesday August 12 until midnight on Friday 14 August the Auckland region is at Alert Level 3. The rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 2. Further information about the restrictions imposed under each alert level is available on the Government COVID-19 website.

10 August: The nation has now reached a 100 day milestone: it has been 100 days since the last case of COVID-19 was acquired locally from an unknown source. There are still 23 active cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation facilities.

5 August: Fewer than 5 new cases per day continue to be identified and all are in returned travellers. No patients remain in hospital, there are 24 active cases, all of whom are being managed in isolation. It is now 96 days since the last locally acquired case from an unknown source occurred.

 

See the July updates for New Zealand here.






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