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There are 5 new total cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand today.
Two are in MIQ and three community cases.
The total number of active cases is 129. Of those, 35 are imported cases in MIQ facilities, and 94 are community cases.
There are 7 people with COVID-19 in hospital today.
There are eight previously reported cases which are considered to have recovered today – all community cases.
The 5 new cases bring a total number of confirmed cases to 1,406, which is the number MOH (Ministry of Health) reports to the World Health Organization.
The three community cases are all epidemiologically linked to the Mount Roskill Evangelical Church, which has been genomically linked to the larger Auckland cluster. All were already identified as close contacts and in self-isolation.
Both imported cases were detected in MIQ at the Rydges in Rotorua via routine testing around day 3.
The first case is a woman in her 30s who arrived from Dubai on August 28.
The second case is a child who arrived from Uzbekistan via Dubai on August 28. Both cases have been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility along with people in their bubble.
Since August 11, the contact tracing team has identified 3,192 close contacts of cases, of which 2,992 have been contacted and are self-isolating, and they are in the process of contacting the rest.
There are 104 people linked to the community cluster which have been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility, which includes 75 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their household contacts.
There are seven people with COVID-19 in hospital today; one in Auckland City, two in Middlemore, two in North Shore, and two in Waikato. Five people are in a ward, and two are in ICU – one each in Middlemore and Waikato Hospitals.
Yesterday laboratories processed 10,934 tests for COVID-19, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 777,560.
Review of public messages sign out:
The Ministry has conducted a rapid internal review to understand how an incorrect message regarding COVID-19 testing was disseminated over the weekend, and to take steps to ensure this does not happen again.
We have found that material developed was clinically accurate and signed out by subject matter experts, but an error was made as that information was converted into messaging for the public.
It was not signed out by a senior responsible offer as a final step, which should have happened.
“We have put in place processes to prevent this from happening again. We know this caused confusion and anxiety for people in Auckland and apologise for that. We also thank Aucklanders for their efforts during level 3, particularly around testing,” said the Ministry of Health.
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