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COVID-19 UPDATE

Emma Olsen
COVID 19 Metronews Update
COVID 19 Metronews Update  Emma Olsen

Today's update on New Zealand's COVID-19 cases.

Today New Zealand's total number of COVID-19 cases has increased by five, made up of two new confirmed cases and three new probable cases.

All new cases are linked to existing cases.

Sadly, there is one additional death to report and the total number of COVID-19 related deaths has increased to 13.

The woman was in her 70s and one of the six residents with COVID-19 from the Te Atatu cluster.  

The new combined total of confirmed and probable cases in New Zealand is 1445.

There are now 1006 people with COVID-19 who have recovered, an increase of 32 on yesterday.

There are now 12 people in hospital with COVID-19. The total includes three people in ICU.

All of these ICU patients are in stable conditions, with one in Middlemore, one on the North shore and one in Dunedin.

There are still 16 significant clusters, which is no change from yesterday. 

Yesterday 3203 COVID-19 tests were processed. 89,503 total tests have been processed to date. 

Director of General Health Ashley Bloomfield said the Government will continue some community based testing this week. In particular, this will be happening in Tairawhiti in Taranaki and in Northland. There are mobile clinics that will be moving its way up the east coast starting today.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern yesterday announced New Zealand would be moving into Alert Level three on Monday April 27. The Government made the decision to extend Alert Level four an extra four days in order to lock in the gains New Zealand has made.

"The thing that gave us the best chance of locking that in and then moving forward with greater certainty that we wouldn't have to go backward was just taking those extra days and that's why we made that decision," said Ardern.