New Zealand has reported 20 new cases of coronavirus in the community, bringing the total number of the highly infectious Delta variant outbreak to 801. This is the fifth day in a row that the number of cases has remained low, and a encouraging sign that the strict containment measures are working.
Since the registration of 83 cases a week ago, the daily number of cases has been 53, 49, 75, 49, 28 and now 20, two days in a row. The 20 cases reported on Sunday were all in Auckland.
The country recorded the first death from the outbreak on Saturday – a woman in her 90s died at Auckland’s North Shore Hospital on Friday evening.
There are 38 people hospitalized, including six people in intensive cases and four requiring ventilators.
As of Sunday morning, 38,120 close contacts had been identified, 90% of them tested for the virus. More than 77,000 doses of the vaccine were administered on Saturday, bringing the total number of doses administered to 3,850,611.
In the past 24 hours, 9,238 people have been tested for the virus, a drop of nearly 2,000 people from the previous day. A decrease in the number of tests is common during the weekends. Analysis shows that more than 20% of Auckland’s population has been tested for the virus.
“We are moving in the right direction when it comes to bringing the virus under control, but the job is not yet done,” Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson said Sunday afternoon.
“With Delta, there is no room for complacency, so please stay in your bubble; stay under the same roof. This means that you are not going to visit family and friends, isolate yourself if you are a contact, and take a test if you are sick. Double down and get the job done.
Health Director-General Dr Ashley Bloomfield said it was clear New Zealand was going in the right direction, but added that it was important that “we can’t let a case slip away here” .