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New Covid-19 cases in the community fall to 28 on Friday; Newly established businesses now eligible for Covid-19 Resurgence Support Payment

New Covid-19 cases in the community fall to 28 on Friday; Newly established businesses now eligible for Covid-19 Resurgence Support Payment

The number of new Covid-19 cases in the community fell to 28 on Friday.

Director of Public Health Caroline McElnay was encouraged, but said we shouldn’t become complacent as outbreaks have long tails.

See Ministry of Health data below for all the details.

Separately, Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced the Government has loosened the eligibility criteria for the one-off Covid-19 Resurgence Support Payment.

Businesses now only need to have been operational for a month to qualify. Previously they were required to have been operational for six months.

Robertson said more than $454 million worth of these payments have been paid out since the start of the outbreak to more than 147,000 businesses.

The payment includes a core per business rate of $1,500, plus $400 per employee, up to a total of 50 full-time equivalents. So the maximum available is $21,500.

Furthermore, $998 million in Wage Subsidies has been paid to 242,600 businesses.

Robertson said a smaller portion of large companies are receiving the Wage Subsidy than during previous Covid-19 outbreaks.

He said 2.5% of payments had been made to businesses with more than 100 employees. Meanwhile, 59% of payments had been made to businesses with fewer than 20 employees.

New Zealand Bankers’ Association CEO Roger Beaumont provided an update on Friday afternoon as well.

He said, “In the first week of lockdown banks saw little customer contact due to the Covid restrictions. Since then, calls have increased on average 20 per cent. We put the increase down mostly to people experiencing uncertainty. 

“While it’s true there are some people experiencing financial hardship because of the current lockdown, we’re not seeing the same demand for help we saw with the first lockdown in March last year.

“Last year, under the loan repayments deferral scheme agreed with the government, Reserve Bank and credit rating agencies, around $70 billion in household and business loans had repayments fully deferred or reduced for up to six months.

"We’re not seeing the need to bring back the scheme at this stage but deferring or reducing repayments remain a potential option for people in hardship, on a case-by-case basis."



Number of new community cases


Number of new cases identified at the border


Location of new cases

Auckland (27); Wellington (1)

Location of community cases (total)

Auckland 747; Wellington 17

Number of community cases (total)

764 (in current community outbreak)

Cases infectious in the community

35% of yesterday’s cases have exposure events

Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infected

65% of yesterday’s cases

Cases epidemiologically linked

25 of today’s cases

Cases to be epidemiologically linked

3 of today’s cases

Cases epidemiologically linked (total)

733 (in current cluster) (31 unlinked)

Number of sub-clusters

Eight. The two largest subclusters are the Mangere church group: 347; and Birkdale social network cluster: 74

Cases in hospital

43 (total): North Shore (11); Middlemore (18); Auckland (14).

Cases in ICU or HDU


Confirmed cases (total)

3,372 since pandemic began

Historical cases, since 1 Jan 2021 (total)

127 out of 1,555 since 1 Jan 2021



Number of contacts identified (total)


Percentage who have received outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements)


Percentage with at least one test result


Locations of interest


Locations of interest (total)

261 (as at 9am, 3 September)



Number of tests (total)


Number of tests total (last 24 hours)


Tests in Auckland (last 24 hours)


Tests rolling average (last 7 days)


Testing centres in Auckland




Wastewater detections

No unexpected detections in past 24 hours

Whole genome sequencing


Links to current outbreak

632 cases to date have been sequenced and all link to the current outbreak

COVID-19 vaccine update


Vaccines administered to date (total)

3,684,600; 1st doses: 2,419,970; 2nd doses: 1,264,629

Vaccines administered yesterday (total)

89,073; 1st doses: 64,064; 2nd doses: 25,009


1st doses: 221,566; 2nd doses: 112,719

Pacific Peoples

1st doses:142,079; 2nd doses: 76,731

NZ COVID-19 tracer


Registered users (total)


Poster scans (total)


Manual diary entries (total)


Poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday


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The Resurgence Support Payment, is it a loan like last time , or a non repayable  payment.?


Non repayable.


Yay comments are back :-)


Good to have comments back, and here's my first comment: do we really need daily covid counts on this website? They are everywhere, and only of tangential relevance to financial / economic matters.

And they tend to attract nutters...


I 2nd that! Its been so peacefull without the looney tunes this week - been staking madly in the meantime.


I like the numbers. I find the covid updates on this website much more efficient to digest than elsewhere, and I appreciate the information. The table is a good format.


Fair enough. I just think it's a bit of a tangent for a financial website.


The government response to covid has become the single most important economic issue that the country has ever faced.  The consequences of the decisions that have, and are being made will resonate for decades.  Of course the discussion belongs on an economics website.


... agreed .... originally we just had private sector debt out of control on the housing bubble  ... but , now we have government debt soaring too , in response to Covid  .... as a country we're in the most precarious financial situation since the days of Rob Muldoon ... just so long as interest rates dont rise too much , like to historic averages  she'll be right !


All those years of neoliberal austerity.  But we had a 23% government debt to GDP ratio.  I always imagined it would be used up to bail out the banks.  I never imagined this.


The “numbers” are the most important economic metric currently in New Zealand - so definitely belong on this site. We are in the middle of a huge pause in economic activity in our largest economic region - due precisely to covid cases in Auckland, and the resumption of that economic activity is entirely dependent on that daily case number continuing to fall. If there was a large spike in cases our immediate economic future would be significantly worse, and along with it the future profits of companies fall and the chances of rate rise increases etc become less. So yes I think the numbers are the most important story of the day for this website.


You are right, but apart from the nutters, depending on your perspective around who is a nutter and who is not of course, the comments here are a bit more sensible than other forums/websites.


Agreed. All and sundry have the right to speak. And yes if you want nutters listen to the insomniac assembly (which obviously must include me only as a listener hasten to add) on early hour talk back. Often one will comment on all the nutters that have been calling in beforehand and then proceed to outnut any of them. Entertainment indeed.