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Rise in numbers for the first time in three days comes as large parts of the country drop down in Alert levels

Rise in numbers for the first time in three days comes as large parts of the country drop down in Alert levels

The Ministry of Health is reporting 75 new Covid cases, with one in Wellington  and the rest in Auckland.

It is the first rise in numbers since Sunday and comes as large parts of the country drop down to Alert Level 3. 

The case in Wellington was a contact of existing cases and tested positive after have three previous negative tests - and was still asymptomatic.

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said the "latest bounce" in numbers was not unexpected and said the numbers had bounced around in similar fashion during Level 4 last year.

He believed there was a "90%" probability the 'R' value was under 1 - meaning that infected numbers could be expected to come down.

There are 32 people in hospital - all in Auckland. Eight of these are in ICU with three on ventilators.

A case in hospital in Wellington has now been released back to quarantine.

There were 22,158 tests processed on Tuesday.  In total there have now been more than 3 million tests processed since the start of the pandemic.

There were 6500 swabs taken in Auckland on Tuesday.

Bloomfield said out of caution a further 40 supermarkets in the Auckland area had been added as places of interest. These were all places positive cases had visited, but the risk was considered low.

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said the pause on vouchers for Managed Isolation had been extended for a few weeks. He gave no date for when bookings would be available again.

Hipkins said 54% of eligible people had now received at least one vaccination. He said 68% of eligible people had either had one jab or made a booking.

The big rise in vaccinations has put pressure on vaccine stocks with the big shipments not due to arrive till next month.

Hipkins said vaccinations would be focused on Auckland and on honouring existing bookings till the middle of the month.

The Government would be advising on the situation around availability of vaccines by the end of this week.

This is the detailed update from the Ministry of Health:

Number of new community cases 75
Number of new cases identified at the border 1
Location of new cases Auckland (74); Wellington (1)
Location of community cases (total) Auckland 671; Wellington 16
Number of community cases (total) 687 (in current community outbreak)
Cases infectious in the community 25% of yesterday’s cases have exposure events
Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infected 75% of yesterday’s cases
Cases epidemiologically linked 25 of today’s cases
Cases to be epidemiologically linked 50 of today’s cases
Cases epidemiologically linked (total) 632 (in current cluster) (55 unlinked)
Number of sub-clusters Seven.  The two largest subclusters are the Mangere church group: 320; and Birkdale social network cluster: 73
Cases in hospital 32 (total): North Shore (5); Middlemore (13); Auckland (14).
Cases in ICU or HDU 8
Confirmed cases (total) 3,288 since pandemic began
Historical cases, since 1 Jan 2021 (total) 126 out of 1,472 since 1 Jan 2021
Number of contacts identified (total) 34,832
Percentage who have received outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements) 85%
Percentage with at least one test result 91%
Locations of interest  
Locations of interest (total) 344 (as at 9am 1 September)
Number of tests (total) 3,006,586
Number of tests total (last 24 hours) 22,158
Tests in Auckland (last 24 hours) 6,500
Tests rolling average (last 7 days) 27,658
Testing centres in Auckland 26
Wastewater detections No unexpected detections in past 24 hours
Whole genome sequencing  
Links to current outbreak 461 cases to date have been sequenced with 41 genomes
COVID-19 vaccine update  
Vaccines administered to date (total) 3.5m; 1st doses: 2.29m; 2nd doses: 1.21m
Vaccines administered yesterday (total) 84,971; 1st doses: 57,733; 2nd doses: 27,238
Māori 1st doses: 208,854; 2nd doses: 108,639
Pacific Peoples 1st doses:134,701; 2nd doses: 74,157
NZ COVID-19 tracer  
Registered users (total) 3,125,261
Poster scans (total) 334,327,807
Manual diary entries (total) 15,026,006
Poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday 684,190

*There may be some delays in providing data in some instances. On these occasions we will use data from the day before and clearly note this.

New cases identified at the border

Arrival date From Via Positive test day/reason Managed isolation/quarantine location
28 August Full travel history not yet obtained Qatar Day 3 / routine Auckland



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