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COVID-19 update

Nick James
COVID 19 Update v2

Two more deaths and eight new COVID-19 cases have been announced, bringing the national total to 1409.

Director of Public Health Caroline McElnay announced eight new cases with two confirmed and six probable cases, all of which are linked to confirmed cases or known outbreaks. 

Dr McElnay also told the public two more people had died: a 90-year-old man from Waikato who was linked to the Matamata cluster and an 80-year-old woman who was linked to the Rosewood cluster.

There are now seven deaths linked to the Rosewood cluster and 11 total deaths in New Zealand. 

Dr McElnay said 14 people were in hospital with three in intensive care and two in a critical condition. 

She confirmed that 816 people had recovered from COVID 19, an increase of 46 from yesterday. 

Dr McElnay also stated that 4200 tests were carried out yesterday including 343 supermarket workers and members of the public in Queenstown. This brings the national total of tests to 74,401. 

250 swabbing tests will also take place at a Christchurch supermarket, similar to the Queenstown testing, today said Dr McElnay.