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New Zealand Covid update: new cases drop to 28 but ‘job is not done’, deputy PM warns | New Zealand


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New Zealand has reported 28 new cases of coronavirus in the community, a drop of 21 compared with the previous day in an “encouraging” sign that the country’s lockdown is working, deputy prime minister Grant Robertson says.

One of the new cases was in Wellington while the remainder were in Auckland, which remains under a stricter lockdown compared to the rest of the country. The total number of people infected in the outbreak is now at 764.

There are 43 people in hospital, including nine in intensive care, with three on ventilation machines.

Health officials have now identified 37,620 close contacts of Covid-19 cases. Of those, 84% have been followed up and 87% have had at least one test. There are 261 locations of interest.

“These results are encouraging, but the job is not done,” Robertson told the daily press briefing. “We must continue to be vigilant and get on top of this outbreak.”

Robertson also provided an update about the Covid-19 positive man who absconded from quarantine in Auckland on Thursday.

CCTV footage showed the man had walked home during the night, Robertson said.

“We can confirm there are no locations of interest and as far as we can ascertain, no contact with any person.

“There was no risk to public safety during this incident, however it is clearly a regrettable incident and one that is now being thoroughly investigated.”


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