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Tia McDougall
COVID 19 Metronews Update
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Today's update on New Zealand's COVID-19 cases

Today New Zealand's total number of COVID-19 cases has increased by six, all of which are confirmed.

Three are associated to overseas travel, while the other three are related to existing clusters. 

There is one additional death to report, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 14.

The woman was in her 80s and one of the residents of Rosewood aged residential care facility, who had been transferred to Burwood Hospital. 

The new combined total of confirmed and probable cases in New Zealand is 1451.

There are now 1036 people with COVID-19 who have recovered, and 11 people in hospital, including two people in ICU.

All of the ICU patients are in a stable condition, with one in Middlemore and one in Dunedin Hospital. 

There are still 16 significant clusters, and five more cases have now been associated with clusters.

Yesterday 5289 COVID-19 tests were processed. 94,797 total tests have been processed to date. 

The Ministry of Health has over 87,000 tests in stock. 

Dr Ashley Bloomfield acknowledged the restrictions on visiting people in hospital created many hardships and work was continuing on how visiting policies will look under alert level three. 

There is wider testing in communities today with specific focus on Maori and Pacifica  communities. There will be mobile testing facilities travelling to smaller communities in Northland. 

A change to the amended order means businesses will be able to work carefully over the next coming days before moving into alert level three.