Our total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 remains at 1,154, which is the number we report to the World Health
Our combined total of confirmed and probable cases remains at 1,504.
Today there is no change to the number of people recovered at 1,455 representing 97% of all confirmed and probable cases
as having recovered from COVID-19.
There are no additional deaths to report.
There remains one person receiving hospital-level care for COVID-19; they are in Middlemore and are not in ICU.
Yesterday our laboratories completed 5,604 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 255,850.NZ COVID Tracer app
The NZ COVID Tracer app has now recorded 324,000 registrations, 31,000 more than at the same time yesterday.
We continue to encourage as many people as possible to download the app – it will help us identify, trace, test and
isolate any cases of COVID-19. The faster we can do these steps the less likely it is the virus can spread in our
A good explanation about the importance of prompt contact tracing has been recently provided by University of Auckland
Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles.
The Ministry is very supportive of the work done by businesses to get their unique QR code that people can use to record
having been there.
To reinforce on privacy:
· personal information and contact details provided through the app will only be used to get in touch if an individual
is identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 case
· information about the locations individuals choose to record is stored securely on their phone and is not shared with
contact tracers unless an individual chooses to do so.
In either case, the personal information shared with the Ministry is held for public health purposes only and will never
be used for enforcement.
The NZ COVID Tracer app, already being used by Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield, is strongly supported by
New Zealand’s Privacy Commissioner who has said New Zealanders should feel secure in downloading and using the app.
Many New Zealanders will be noticing that life is returning to a new normal but a key reminder this weekend is that the
maximum number of people who can gather remains at 10 for now. This limit applies to both private and public gatherings
including church and faith based ones.
The only exceptions to this are funerals and tangihanga registered by funeral directors with the Ministry of Health.
New Zealand is in a relatively good position with regard to restricting the number of cases of COVID-19 and its
important that we keep it there.
‘I want to acknowledge once again the support and patience of New Zealanders to get us to this point.
‘It remains important to minimise the mixing and mingling involved in larger groups.
‘I know many people, including those of faith, want to move as quickly as possible to increase the size of their
gatherings. I know how important it is for people to be able to practise their faith together.
'The number of people at gatherings will be one of the specific issues being reconsidered by Cabinet on Monday - until
then it remains at ten’, Dr Ashley Bloomfield says.