Timeline - Coronavirus

Timeline - coronavirus - COVID-19

2019

29 December

Chinese authorities advise the WHO of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause, originating in Wuhan, Hubei province 

2020

7 January

China isolates a novel coronavirus, at first called 2019-nCoV and later SARS-CoV-2 

13 January  

First lab-confirmed case outside China identified, in Thailand 

30 January  

WHO declares the epidemic a global health emergency

3 February  

New Zealand temporarily bans entry of foreigners from, or who have travelled through, mainland China 

3 February  

Homecoming New Zealanders are exempt but must self-isolate for a fortnight

3-4 February  

Government-chartered plane flies to evacuate New Zealanders from Wuhan 

7 February 

Ministry asks arrivals from or via China to register their 14-day self-isolation with Healthline

12 February

Disease renamed COVID-19 

14 February

In New South Wales, GPs told to consider COVID-19 testing of symptomatic travellers arriving from five Asian countries other than mainland China 

17 February

WHO says COVID-19 not as deadly as SARS or MERS

19 February

The 157 people evacuated to New Zealand from Wuhan are discharged from quarantine in north Auckland

20 February

Six New Zealanders enter the quarantine facility after being evacuated to New Zealand by air from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan. Four New Zealanders from the ship were admitted to hospital in Japan with the virus

25 February

Daily tally of new cases outside China exceeds new cases in China for the first time

28 February

New Zealand's first confirmed case reported to Ministry of Health

28 February

Entry ban on foreigners from/via China extended to Iran. Returning New Zealanders exempt but must self-isolate

2 March

People arriving from northern Italy and South Korea must self-isolate for 14 days

2 March

Today's 24-hour tally of new cases nearly eight times higher outside mainland China than inside

3 March

WONCA Asia Pacific Regional Conference postponed. It was to have been held in Auckland in April

4 March

New Zealand's second confirmed case announced

5 March

Third confirmed case announced

6 March

Fourth confirmed case announced

7 March

Fifth confirmed case announced

11 March

WHO declares the outbreak a pandemic

11 March

Donald Trump announces suspension of travel from most European countries to US for 30 days from 13 March

14 March

New Zealand's sixth confirmed case announced

14-15 March

Case definition and access to testing widened

15 March

Announcement of seventh and eighth confirmed cases, in Wellington and Queenstown, the first two to occur outside Auckland

16 March

All passengers arriving in New Zealand, except those arriving from 17 Pacific island countries/territories, will have to self-isolate for 14 days

16 March

Government bans non-essential outdoor gatherings of 500-plus people; schools and universities exempt

17 March

Government announces $500 million in funding for health services to combat the disease, as part of $12.1 billion COVID-19 economic package

17 March

Four new cases announced. The totals now are 12 confirmed and two probable cases

18 March

Eight new cases announced - four in Auckland one in Christchurch, two in Waikato and one in Invercargill. The total is 20 confirmed; two probable

19 March

Eight new cases announced - two in Southern DHB area, two in Taranaki, one in Rotoura, two in Auckland and one in Northland. National total now 28

19 March

Government bans indoor events with more than 100 people; exemptions for workplaces, schools, supermarkets and public transport

19 March

Government advises New Zealanders not to travel overseas and urges New Zealanders who are travelling overseas to consider returning home immediately

20 March

Border closed to most foreigners. Exempted categories include essential health workers

20 March

Eleven new cases announced - five are in Auckland, two in Waikato, two in Wellington region, one in Canterbury and one in Hawke's Bay. Total is now 39 confirmed cases

21 March

Thirteen new cases announced. Total is now 52 confirmed cases and four probable cases

21 March

Alert level system announced. New Zealand is at Level 2

22 March

Fourteen new cases announced. Total now 66 confirmed cases and four probable cases

23 March

Thirty-six new cases announced. Total now 102 confirmed cases and four probable cases. Two cases of likely community spread, in Auckland and Wairarapa

23 March

Government lifts country to Alert Level 3 and announces widespread restrictions on movement will come into effect at 11.59pm on 25 March under Alert Level 4

24 March

Forty new confirmed cases announced, and three new probable cases. Ministry of Health starts announcing cumulative total of confirmed and probable cases as a combined tally, which now stands at 155

25 March

Fifty new confirmed or probable cases. Combined total is now 205

26 March

Seventy-eight new confirmed or probable cases. Combined total: 283

26 March

Case definition clarified in Auckland to include "justifiable clinical judgement"

27 March

Eighty-five new confirmed or probable cases. Combined total: 368

28 March

Eighty-three new confirmed or probable cases. Combined total 451

29 March

New Zealand's first COVID-19 death - a woman in her 70s in hospital on the West Coast. Sixty-three new confirmed or probable cases. Combined total 514

30 March

Seventy-six new confirmed cases, one of which was reclassified from probably. Combined total 589

31 March

Fifty-eight new confirmed or probable cases. Combined total 647. Case definition widened: recent overseas travel/case contact dropped

1 April

Sixty-one new confirmed or probable cases. Combined total 708

2 April

Eighty-nine new confirmed or probable cases. Combined total 797

3 April

Seventy-one new confirmed or probable cases. Combined total 868

4 April

Eight-two new confirmed or probable cases. Combined total 950

5 April

Eighty-nine new confirmed or probable cases. Combined total 1039

6 April

Sixty-seven new confirmed or probabe cases. Combined total 1106

7 April

Fifty-four new confirmed or probable cases. Combined total 1160

8 April

Fifty new confirmed or probable cases. Combined total 1210

9 April

Twenty-nine new confirmed or probable cases. Combined total 1239

10 April

Second New Zealand death reported, a woman in her 90s who died at Burwood Hospital in Christchurch on 9 April. Forty-four new comfirmed or probable cases. Combined total 1283

11 April

Two new deaths, bringing the total of deaths to four. Twenty-nine new confirmed or probable cases. Combined total 1312

12 April

Eighteen new confirmed or probable cases. Combined case total: 1330

13 April

One new death. Deaths total: five. Nineteen new confirmed or probable cases. Combined case total: 1349

14 April

Four new deaths. Deaths total: nine. Seventeen new confirmed or probable cases. Combined case total: 1366

15 April

Deaths total remains nine. Twenty new confirmed or probable cases. Combined case total: 1386

16 April

Fifteen new confirmed or probable cases. Combined case total: 1401

17 April

Eight new confirmed or probable cases. Combined case total: 1409

18 April

Thirteen new confirmed or probable cases. Combined total: 1422

19 April

One new death reported. Total deaths: 12. Nine new confirmed or probable cases. Combined case total: 1431

20 April

Nine new confirmed or probable cases. Combined case total: 1440

21 April

One new death. Total deaths: 13. Nine new confirmed or probable cases. Combined total: 1445

22 April

One new death. Total deaths: 14. Six new confirmed or probable cases. Combined total: 1451. However, three of these cases were removed, pending further inquiries, on 23 April, because they may have been counted in reporting to the WHO by Uruguay, from where these three people returned to New Zealand. Revised case total: 1448

23 April

Two new deaths. Total deaths: 16. Three new confirmed or probable cases. Combined total: 1451

24 April

One new death. Total deaths: 17. Five new confirmed or probable cases. Combined total: 1456

25 April

One new death. Total deaths: 18. Five new confirmed or probable cases. Combined total: 1461

26 April

Nine new confirmed or probable cases. Combined total: 1470

27 April

One new death. Total deaths: 19. Five new confirmed or probable cases, and six probable cases reclassified as not a case or under investigation. Combined total down one to 1469. Alert Level reduced from 4 to 3 at 11.59pm

28 April

Three new confirmed or probable cases. Combined total: 1472

29 April

Two new confirmed or probable cases, and one probable case reclassified as confirmed. Combined total: 1474

30 April

Three new confirmed cases, and one probable case reclassified as not a case. Combined total: 1476

1 May

Three new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1479

2 May

One new death. Total deaths: 20. Six new confirmed or probable cases. Combined total of cases: 1485

3 May

Two new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1487

4 May

No new cases. One probable case reclassified as a confirmed case. Combined total remains 1487

5 May

No new cases. One previously reported probable case reclassified as not a case. Combined total confirmed/probable down one to 1486

6 May

One new confirmed case and one new probable case. Combined total: 1488

7 May

One new confirmed case. Combined total of confirmed and probable cases: 1489

8 May

One new confirmed case. One probable case reclassified as confirmed. Combined total: 1490

9 May

One new confirmed and one new probable case. Combined total: 1492

10 May

Two new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1494

11 May

Three new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1497

12 May

No new cases. Combined total of confirmed and probable cases: 1497

13 May

No new cases. In stages over the coming days, New Zealand moves from Alert Level 3 to 2 from 11.59pm

14 May

No new cases

15 May

One new confirmed case. Combined total of confirmed and probable cases: 1498

16 May

No new cases

17 May

One new confirmed case. Combined total of confirmed and probable cases: 1499

18 May

No new cases

19 May

No new cases, but four confirmed cases are added to the total who tested positive in Uruguay before returning to New Zealand in April. Uruguay did not report those cases to the WHO. Combined New Zealand total of confirmed and probable cases: 1503

20 May

No new cases

21 May

No new cases

22 May

One new case. Combined total of confirmed and probable cases: 1504

23-27 May

No new cases

28 May

One new death, bringing the death toll to 22. No new cases

29 May - 7 June

No new cases

8 June

New Zealand now has no active cases. The last remaining case has been symptom-free for 48 hours, is regarded as recovered and has been released from isolation.

8 June

New Zealand steps down to Alert Level 1 from 11.59pm

16 June

Two new confirmed cases. Combined total of confirmed and probable cases: 1506

18 June

One new confirmed case. Combined total of confirmed and probable cases: 1507

20 June

Two new confirmed cases. Combined total of confirmed and probable cases: 1509

21 June

Two new confirmed cases. Combined total of confirmed and probable cases: 1511

22 June

Two new confirmed cases. Combined total of confirmed and probable cases: 1513

23 June

Two new confirmed cases. Combined total of confirmed and probable cases: 1515

24 June

One new confirmed case. Combined total of confirmed and probable cases: 1516

25 June

Three new confirmed cases. Combined total of confirmed and probable cases: 1519

26 June

One new confirmed case. Combined total: 1520

27 June

Two new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1522

28 June

Four new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1526

29 June

Two new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1528. New Zealand has 22 active cases, all recently returned from overseas

2 July

Two new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1530. Health minister David Clark resigns; replaced by Chris Hipkins

3 July

Details of a number of COVID-19 cases are leaked by Michelle Boag to National MP Hamish Walker, who leaks them to media; he later says he will not seek re-election

5 July

Three new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1533

6 July

1 New confirmed case. Combined total: 1534

7 July

Two new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1536

8 July

One new confirmed case. Combined total: 1537. A man absconds from managed isolation in Auckland for more than an hour and tests positive

9 July

Three new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1540

10 July

Two new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1542

11 July

One new confirmed case. Combined total: 1543

12 July

One new confirmed ase: Combined total: 1544

14 July

One new confirmed case. Combined total: 1545

15 July

Two new confirmed cases: Combined total: 1547

16 July

One new confirmed case: Combined total: 1548

17 July

One new confirmed case: Combined total: 1549

18 July

One new confirmed case: Combined total: 1550

19 July

Three new confirmed cases: Combined total: 1553

20 July

One new confirmed case: Combined total: 1554

21 July

ONe new confirmed case: Combined total: 1555

24 July

One new confirmed case. Combined total: 1556

24 July

Five people abscond from a managed isolation facility, making a total of eight who have done so

28 July

One new confirmed case. Combined total: 1557

29 July

Two new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1559

30 July

One new confirmed case. Combined total: 1560

1 August

Two new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1562

2 August

Three new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1565

3 August

Two new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1567

5 August

Two new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1569

11 August

Five new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1574. Four of the new cases are in the community, in Auckland, and do not have a known source. It has been 102 days since the last case that was acquired locally from an unknown source.

12 August

Auckland goes into Alert Level 3 lockdown from midday, until midnight on 14 August.  The rest of New Zealand goes into level 2 for that period.

12 August

One new confirmed case in managed isolation, and four new probable cases in the Auckland community outbreak. Combined total: 1579

13 August

Fourteen new confirmed cases and four probable cases reclassified. Combined total: 1589

14 August

Twelve new confirmed cases and one probable case. Combined total: 1602. Current alert levels to be extended

15 August

Seven new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1609

16 August

Thirteen new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1622

17 August

Nine new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1631

18 August

Thirteen new confirmed cases and one probable case reclassified as under investigation. Combined total: 1643

19 August

Six new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1649

20 August

Five new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1654

21 August

Eleven new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1665

22 August 

Six new confirmed cases. Combined total 1671

23 August

Three new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1674

24 August

Eight new confirmed and one new probable case. Combined total: 1683

25 August

Seven new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1690

26 August

Five new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1695

27 August

Seven new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1702

28 August

Twelve new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1714

29 August

Thirteen new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1727

30 August

Two new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1729. Auckland steps down to Alert Level 2 at 11.59pm, informally called "level 2.5" because of smaller permitted gathering sizes than the rest of the country

31 August

Nine new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1738

1 September

Fourteen new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1752

2 September

Five new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1757

3 September

Two new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1759

4 September

One death, bringing the total number of deaths to 23. Five new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1764

5 September

One new death, bringing the total number of deaths to 24. Three new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1767

6 September

Five new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1772

7 September

Four new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1776

8 September

Six new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1782

9 September

Six new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1788

10 September

Four new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1792

11 September

One new confirmed case. Combined total: 1793

12 September

Two new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1795

13 September

Two new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1797

14 September

One new confirmed case. Combined total: 1798

15 September

Three new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1801

16 September

One new death, bringing the total number of deaths to 25. One new confirmed case. Combined total of cases: 1802

17 September

Seven new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1809

19 September

Two new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1811

20 September

Four new confirmed cases. Combined total: 1815

21 September

New Zealand, except Auckland, moves to Alert Level 1 at 11.59pm

2021

13 February

One new death, in North Shore Hospital yesterday following their being transferred from managed isolation, bringing the number of deaths to 26.

14 February

Auckland put into Alert Level 3 lockdown at 11.59pm and the rest of the country is raised to level 2 - initially for three days - after three cases are detected in the community in south Auckland. They are a Papatoetoe High School student and her parents. Also, one new case in managed isolation

15 February

Five new cases in managed isolation, one of which is an historical case. The first two Papatoetoe-related cases, reported yesterday, are the UK variant

17 February

Two new cases in the community, both linked to the 14 February cluster. New Zealand has had 2340 cases (combined total of confirmed and probable), including 26 deaths

17 February

A third new community case reported for the day, making six in total so far in the south Auckland cluster; and one case in managed isolation

18 February

Auckland drops to Alert Level 2, from 3 (with specific restrictions for the Papatoetoe High School community until 22 February), and the rest of the country to level 1, from 2

18 February

Three new cases in managed isolation

19 February

One new case, making seven in the Papatoetoe-related cluster; and three in managed isolation, one of which is historical

19 February

New Zealand's first vaccination against COVID-19, using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine Comirnaty. Vaccinators are the first recipients

20 February

Two new cases in managed isolation

20 February

Vaccination of border workers begins

21 February

One new case in managed isolation

22 February

One new community case, in the Papatoetoe-related cluster; and six new cases in managed isolation, four of which are historical

23 February

Three new cases in the Papatoetoe-related cluster (now 11 in total), and five in managed isolation. Auckland (except Papatoetoe High School community) drops to level 1

24 February

Two new cases in managed isolation

25 February

Three new cases in managed isolation

26 February

Two new cases in managed isolation; and one new case in the Papatoetoe-related cluster (now 12 in total)

27 February

One new case in managed isolation; and two new cases in the Papatoetoe-related cluster (now 14 in total)

28 February

Two new cases in managed isolation; one new case in the Papatoetoe-related cluster (now 15 in total). Auckland goes into level 3 lockdown at 6am, level 2 elsewhere

1 March

One new case in managed isolation

2 March

Four new cases in managed isolation

3 March

Two new cases in managed isolation

4 March

Six new cases in managed isolation

6 March

Nine new cases in managed isolation

7 March

At 6am, Auckland drops to level 2, from 3, and the rest of the country to level 1, from 2

7 March

One new case in managed isolation and one border-related case, an airline crew member who had been in the Auckland community before testing positive

8 March

Five new cases in managed isolation

9 March

Four new cases in managed isolation, one of which is historical

10 March

One new case in managed isolation

11 March

Six new cases in managed isolation

12 March

At midday, Auckland drops to Alert Level 1.

12 March

One new case in managed isolation

13 March

Three new cases in managed isolation and two historical cases

14 March

One new case in managed isolation

15 March

Seven new cases in managed isolation

16 March

Two new cases in managed isolation

17 March

Three new cases in managed isolation

19 March

Ten new cases in managed isolation since 17 March

21 March

Eight new cases in managed isolation since 19 March

22 March

Eight new cases in managed isolation, one historical case and one case involving a managed-isolation facility worker at the Grand Millennium Hotel in Auckland

23 March

A household contact of yesterday's MIF case returns a "weak positive" result. Also, three new cases are reported in managed isolation, plus a historical case

24 March

Three new cases in managed isolation. Yesterday's "weak positive" case has been retested: they were negative on PCR analysis and for blood serology and the person is now considered to have had a fleeting infection or a false positive

25 March

Six new cases in managed isolation. Also, a genomic link has been found between two cases with the UK variant at Grand Mercure managed isolation facilitiy in Auckland. They were recent returnees staying in rooms on separate floors of the hotel and had arrived on separate flights, within two days of each other. Additional testing was implemented at the facility and 250 returnees who had left since 10 March were to be asked to get tested and isolate at home until receiving a negative result

26 March

Three new cases in managed isolation. Around 10,000 people in New Zealand have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine and around 40,000 have received one dose

27 March

One new case in managed isolation and one historical case

28 March

One new case in managed isolation

29 March

Eleven new cases in managed isolation

30 March

Two new cases in managed isolation

31 March

Two new cases in managed isolation

1 April

Five new cases in managed isolation. A previously reported positive case has been reclassified as a historical infection which has been reported in the person's home country and removed from New Zealand's tally

4 April

Six new cases in managed isolation

6 April

Seventeen new cases, over two days, in managed isolation

7 April

Seven new cases in managed isolation

8 April

One new case, "B", in a border-related worker at the Grand Millennium managed isolation facility; and 23 new cases in recently arrived travellers in managed isolation, four of which are cases of historical infection

9 April

Six new cases in managed isolation

10 April

Ten new cases in managed isolation

11 April

Four new cases. Three are travellers in managed isolation. The fourth is case C, the fourth case in the Grand Millennium cluster, who is a worker there and a close contact of case B reported on 8 April. Case A is a cleaner at the hotel who returned a positive result on 21 March (reported 22 March). The viruses in A and B have been genomically linked and have in turn been linked to a traveller who arrived on 13 March

11 April

Temporary ban comes into effect on travellers, including New Zealand citizens and residents, coming from India, until 28 April

12 April

Seven new cases in managed isolation and one historical case. Genome sequencing shows the virus in case C of the Grand Millennium cluster is closely related to the virus in A and B

13 April

Four new cases in managed isolation

14 April

Two new cases in managed isolation

15 April

Two new cases in managed isolation

16 April

One new case in managed isolation

18 April

Four new cases and one historical case in managed isolation. The total number of confirmed cases is 2239.

19 April

Trans-Tasman quarantine-free travel bubble starts. Two new cases in managed isolation

20 April

One new case, a border worker (a cleaner) at Auckland Airport, and one historical case

21 April

One new case in managed isolation. Separately, genome sequencing has linked yesterday's border-worker case to a case who arrived in New Zealand on 10 April

23 April

Government announces travel restrictions from countries in the new "very-high-risk" category, defined as more than 50 cases of COVID-19 per 1000 arrivals to New Zealand from those countries this year. India, Brazil, Papua New Guinea and Pakistan meet the threshold. From 11.59pm, 28 April, travellers from those countries will be temporarily restricted to New Zealand citizens, their partners and children, and parents of children who are New Zealand citizens.

22 April

Three new cases in managed isolation

24 April

Two new cases in managed isolation. Quarantine-free travel between Western Australia and New Zealand has been suspended because Perth and the outer-metropolitan area of Peel have been placed in a three-day lockdown

27 April

Eight new cases in managed isolation

28 April

New Zealand resumes quarantine-free travel with Western Australia, except for close contacts. Two new cases in managed isolation

29 April

Three new cases in managed isolation

1 May

Direct flights from Western Australia paused

2 May

Four new cases in managed isolation. Flights from Western Australia resume

3 May

Four new cases in managed isolation

4 May

One new case in managed isolation

5 May

Three new cases and three historical cases in recent returnees in managed isolation

6 May

One new case and three potential historical cases in managed isolation. Quarantine-free travel "paused" with New South Wales while the source of two community cases in Sydney is investigated

8 May

Three new cases and three historical cases, all in managed isolation

9 May

Two new cases in managed isolation. Travel "pause" with New South Wales ends at 11.59pm

10 May

Two new historical cases in managed isolation, and one previously reported (on 6 May) case now deemed historical

12 May

One new case in managed isolation

13 May

One new case in managed isolation

14 May

One historical case in managed isolation

16 May

One new case in managed isolation

16 May

Two weak positive results were returned from wastewater testing at Moa Point, Wellington on 14 and 15 May, which were probably from recently recovered cases continuing to shed virus

17 May

Five new cases in managed isolation

18 May

One new case in managed isolation and one historical case

18 May

First flight to Cook Islands after two-way quarantine-free travel was permitted from 17 May

19 May

Six new cases in managed isolation

19 May

Weak positive results have been returned from wastewater samples at Porirua and Karori in Wellington on 16 May, probably from recently recovered cases continuing to shed virus

20 May

One new case in managed isolation

20 May

Health Ministry says weak positive results have been returned recently from wastewater testing in Wellington, Christchurch, Rotorua and Queenstown

21 May

Three new cases in managed isolation

23 May

Six new cases in managed isolation

24 May

Four new cases in managed isolation

25 May

Two new cases in managed isolation

25 May

Quarantine-free travel with Victoria paused, initially for 72 hours, from 7.59pm, while the source of five community cases in Melbourne is investigated

27 May

One new case in managed isolation

27 May 

Victoria travel-bubble pause extended to 7.59pm on 4 June. Around 5000 people have recently arrived in New Zealand from Victoria and they must self-quarantine in their home or accommodation until they return a negative test result. Victoria has imposed a seven-day lockdown. Its outbreak has expanded to 26 cases in the community

30 May

Two new cases in managed isolation

31 May

One new case in managed isolation

2 June

Six new cases in managed isolation

3 June

One new case and one historical case in managed isolation

3 June

Pause in quarantine-free travel with Victoria extended to 11.59pm on 10 June


4 June

One new case in managed isolation

6 June

One new case in managed isolation

8 June

Ten new cases in managed isolation

8 June

Government says Pfizer has scheduled delivery of around 1 million vaccine doses to New Zealand in July. This follows an earlier statement that stocks would run low in June

9 June

Two new cases in managed isolation and two cases deemed historical

10 June

One new case in managed isolation. Pause in quarantine-free travel with Victoria extended for seven days

11 June

Five new cases in managed isolation

13 June

Four new cases and two historical cases, all in managed isolation

14 June

One new case in managed isolation

15 June

One historical case reported

16 June

Two new cases in managed isolation

17 June

Two new cases in managed isolation. Confirmed cases total now stands at 2357. Infection scare at Stewart Island after a child returned an indeterminate result

Halt on quarantine-free travel bubble with Victoria continues until 22 June. NZ health officials assess risk posed by quarantine-free travel with New South Wales and decide not to halt that bubble

Government announces timing of vaccination for priority group 4: over-60s to be offered vaccination from 28 July and over-55s from 11 August; over-45s to receive invitations from mid to late August and over-35s from mid to late September; and everyone else being eligible from October. People will be asked to use the Book My Vaccine online booking system, or can phone a new national vaccination booking call centre

18 June

One new case in managed isolation. The Stewart Island child is thought not to have had active COVID infection, after the swab returned a positive result for rhinovirus,  and COVID testing of the family and community returned negative results

20 June

Four new cases in managed isolation

21 June

Three new cases in managed isolation

Medsafe approves extension of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine indications to ages 12-15

22 June

Quarantine-free travel bubble with New South Wales paused at 11.59pm until 25 June after 10 new community cases reported in the Australian state, taking the recent tally linked to the community cluster to 21

Quarantine-free travel bubble with Victoria to resume at 11.59, following NZ health officials' assessment of the risk from Victoria being low

In New Zealand, 410,973 scans of the COVID Tracer app have been completed in the past 24 hours

23 June

Wellington region put into Alert Level 2 at 6pm following the visit of an Australian man who tested positive after returning to Sydney. The man was in Wellington from 19 to 21 June and was likely to have contracted the virus in Sydney before his visit

Four new cases in managed isolation; none in the community

24 June

New South Wales bubble pause extended to 11.59pm on 6 July

COVID Tracer app scans up: 571,514 in past 24 hours

25 June

Two new cases in managed isolation; no community cases.

COVID Tracer app scans up again: 894,288 in past 24 hours

26 June

Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 confirmed in Sydney man who visited Wellington.

Travel bubble with all Australian states and territories paused at 10.30pm, until 11.59pm on 29 June, because of multiple outbreaks in Australia posing an increasing risk to New Zealand.

Four new cases in managed isolation; no community cases.

COVID Tracer app scans in past 24 hours: 958,732

27 June

Alert Level 2 extended in Wellington region until 11.59pm on 29 June, which will be 6-1/4 days in total.

One new case in managed isolation.

So far, 2444 people have been identified as contacts of the Sydney Delta case who visited Wellington.

A person who returned an indeterminate COVID-19 test result later tests negative and is stated not to have active infection

28 June

Government has sought advice on making COVID Tracer app scanning compulsory in high-risk locations, such as bars, restaurants and churches.

Government is considering making mask use compulsory at Alert Level 2 or higher in certain high-risk locations, such as indoor events, places of worship and retail outlets.

Ten new cases in managed isolation; none in the community

29 June

Wellington region to return to Alert Level 1, from 2, at 11.59pm. 

Travel bubble pause with Australia extended to 11.59pm on 4 July, after which the bubble will reopen with South Australia, ACT, Tasmania and Victoria. Bubble pause with Western Australia, Northern Territory, New South Wales and Queensland will be reviewed again on Tuesday 6 July. 

30 June

One new case in managed isolation

1 July

One new case in managed isolation

2 July

Two new cases and one historical case in managed isolation

4 July

Seven new cases in managed isolation. Two other cases, previously reported as under investigation, have been reclassified as historical

The partial re-opening of the travel bubble with Australia, announced on 29 June, took effect today

5 July

Seven new cases in managed isolation

A shipment containing 150,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, New Zealand's largest shipment yet, arrived by plane in Auckland yesterday. Until the shipment's arrival, DHBs only had enough stock to last until 7 July

Travel bubble with Western Australia and Northern Territory to resume from 11.59pm on 9 July. From the same time, "managed return" flights will start from New South Wales and Queensland for people ordinarily resident in New Zealand

6 July

One new case in managed isolation. COVID Tracer app scans per 24 hours have dropped back down to 657,345

Two new cases in mariners. The two flew into Auckland yesterday with seven other mariners. All nine were tested at Auckland Airport and driven to New Plymouth, where they went to sea in a fishing boat, the Viking Bay, in which they are now isolating in international waters. Two port workers and the driver have been identified as contacts and they are in isolation.

7 July

Three new cases in managed isolation

The Viking Bay is returning to port, where the two cases and 13 other crew will disembark to enter managed isolation and quarantine. The three close contacts - a bus driver, a port pilot and a customs officer -  are fully  vaccinated and wore PPE when interacting with any of the nine newly arrived mariners. The mariners had arrived in Auckland on a "red" flight, from which everyone, as required by red-flight rules, is in managed isolation. Everyone on the flight, except the two cases, has tested negative.

Pause on travel bubble with Queensland and New South Wales to continue.

8 July

One new case in managed isolation

The Viking Bay's crew size is now reported by the Health Ministry as 20, of whom 15 will enter an MIQ facility once the boat docks. Where it will dock is today uncertain. A second foreign-owned fishing vessel has declared flu-like symptoms on board and has asked to dock in New Zealand

9July

One historical case in managed isolation

Managed return flights start from Queensland

11 July

Three new cases in managed isolation

12July

One new case in managed isolation

The Viking Bay has docked in Wellington as a quarantined vessel and a fence has been erected. Thirteen of the crew of 20 will transfer to a Wellington quarantine facility

Quarantine-free travel (QFT) from New South Wales remains on hold. Managed return flights from Sydney begin tomorrow, with travellers having to go into 14 days of managed isolation on return. QFT from Queensland to resume at 11.59 tonight.

Vaccination made compulsory for more border workers

13 July

Five new cases in managed isolation

Positive COVID-19 tests returned by 15 Viking Bay crew. The 15 have been transferred to an on-shore quarantine facility in Wellington. Five crew who remain on the ship have returned negative test results

Start of managed return flights, followed by 14 days’ managed isolation, for New Zealanders returning from Sydney

Spanish-flagged fishing boat Playa Zahara berthed at Port Taranaki today. Crew being tested following reports of flu-like illness on board

14 July

Four new cases in managed isolation

Last night, one of the five crew on the Viking Bay became unwell and was transferred to on-shore quarantine, despite a previous negative test. 

One Playa Zahara crew member, who has returned an indeterminate test result, remains symptomatic

15 July

Five new cases in managed isolation.

Of the 18 crew of Playa Zahara, 16 have tested positive.

The latest mariner transferred to shore quarantine from Viking Bay has returned a second negative test.

The first infringement notices for border workers who have not complied with COVID-19 testing requirements have been issued. Eighteen notices were issued.

16July

Five new cases and four new historical cases in managed isolation.

Thirteen of the crew of the Playa Zahara, docked at Lyttelton, are to be moved to shore quarantine in Christchurch, leaving five on board.

Quarantine-free travel from Victoria paused from 1.59pm

18 July

Ten new cases in managed isolation, including three of the four remaining crew on board the quarantined Viking Bay in Wellington; and two historical cases.

Playa Zahara arrives at Lyttelton and is quarantined; 13 crew members taken to shore isolation, with five to remain on board.

19 July

Marshall Island-flagged container ship the Mattina, which arrived at Bluff last night, is quarantined there. Two of its 21 crew have tested positive.

Three new cases in managed isolation

More than 370,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the largest shipment to New Zealand so far, arrived yesterday, two days early.

20 July

Seven more positive cases on the quarantined ship Mattina, bringing the total to nine.

Six new border-related cases. (Three of those are on the Mattina. The other six Mattina cases are not yet included in the Health Ministry's daily case tally update.)

Quarantine-free travel from South Australia paused at 11.59pm. People who ordinarily live in New Zealand will be allowed to come home on managed return flights

21 July

Six Mattina cases added to the Health Ministry's daily case tally update. Two cases from the ship, quarantined at Bluff, taken to hospital for assessment

22 July

Three new cases and one historical case in managed isolation.

Three new cases on the Mattina, bringing the total there to 12. One more potential case is under investigation and three of the crew have serological evidence of past infection

23 July

Nineteen new cases, all of them mariners already in isolation; plus one historical case in managed isolation.

Sixteen of the mariner cases are crew of the Playa Zahara and three are from the Mattina

Quarantine-free travel to New Zealand from anywhere in Australia to be suspended from 11.59 tonight for at least eight weeks. Managed return flights will fly New Zealanders home for the next seven days.

SARS-CoV-2 detected in New Plymouth wastewater by ESR testing is thought to be from recently recovered cases continuing to shed the virus.

24 July

Three new cases and two historical cases in managed isolation.

25 July

Two new cases in managed isolation.

Two historical cases in Playa Zahara crew members.

26 July

Three historical cases in managed isolation.

27 July

One new case in managed isolation

All Playa Zahara crew members have recovered. The vessel was deep-cleaned on Friday and is expected to leave Lyttelton tomorrow

Fourteen of the 20 Viking Bay crew are back on the vessel in Wellington; six remain ashore in managed isolation

28 July

One new case in managed isolation

PM Jacinda Ardern says that from today those aged 60-plus will start receiving invitations to book their vaccination at bookmyvaccine.org.nz or through the COVID Vaccination Healthline

29 July

Around 165,000 peple aged 60-64 were sent vaccination booking invitations yesterday by letter, email or text and 105,811 bookings were made.

Five new cases in managed isolation.

The Playa Zahara has left Lyttelton, after all crew had recovered.

30 July

A Middlemore Hospital health worker is in precautionary quarantine after a minor PPE protocol breach during management of a COVID-19 case

Two new cases and one historical case in managed isolation.

1 August

Four new cases and one historical case in managed isolation.

2 August

Four new cases in managed isolation.

The Viking Bay is expected to leave Wellington today, with all its 20 crew.

3 August

One historical case in managed isolation.

4 August

Two new cases in managed isolation. Two historical cases at the border.

5 August

One new case in managed isolation.

6 August

One new case and one historical case in managed isolation.

Vaccination bookings open for people aged 55-59.

8 August

Five new cases and one historical case in managed isolation.

9 August

Two new cases and two historical cases in managed isolation.

Positive test results have been returned by 11 of the 21 crew on container ship the Rio De La Plata, which is off Tauranga. Some of the 11 cases are expected to be active and others historical and no longer infectious. None have symptoms and none left the ship when it was at Port of Tauranga. A pilot was on the ship in Queensland last month and tested positive for Delta variant nine days later. This temporarily halted unloading at Tauranga on 4 August, until an assessment cleared the vessel for the work to resume on 5 August. More than 90 port workers have been tested.

10 August

Three new cases in managed isolation.

From 110 tests taken, negative results have been returned from 109 workers at the Port of Tauranga following the identification of cases on the Rio De La Plata, which visited the port. One worker is being retested following an inconclusive result. The Health Ministry says 72 port workers had boarded the ship (updated to 73 on 12 August).

Later, a retest of the port worker whose initial result was inconclusive produced a negative result.

11 August

Two new cases in managed isolation.

Rio De La Plata has left New Zealand waters bound for Malaysia. Eight of the 11 COVID-positive crew have Delta variant; genome-sequencing results for three failed to return a result. The sequencing results are linked to the Queensland marine pilot, whom ESR now thinks most likely was infected from the ship.

12 August

Eight new cases and one historical case in managed isolation.

All Port of Tauranga workers associated with Rio De La Plata have returned at least one negative test.

13 August

One new case in managed isolation

15 August

Four new cases and two historical cased in managed isolation.

16 August

Five new cases and two historical cases in managed isolation

17 August

A case of COVID-19 has been detected in the community in Auckland. No link has been established with the border or managed isolation. The last case in the community in New Zealand was from 19 to 21 June when an Australian, who was later found most likely to had the infection before leaving Sydney, visited Wellington, leading to the Wellington region going into Alert Level 2.

The new case is a 58-year-old Devonport man who was tested yesterday and is thought to have been infectious since Thursday 12 August and visited Coromandel from 13 to 15 August.

There were 524,585 scans of the COVID Tracer app in the past 24 hours to midday yesterday.

An Alert Level 4 lockdown will apply from 11..59pm in Auckland and Coromandel for seven days and in the rest of the country for three days.

Vaccination has been suspended for up to two days.

18 August

Four new cases. One is a workmate of "case A", the 58-year-old Devonport man, and three are contacts of the workmate. Of the three, one is an Auckland City Hospital nurse. Case A's virus is Delta variant and linked to cases in New South Wales.

In a second update today, two new cases have been reported, aged 19 and 21, bringing the community outbreak's total to seven. In managed isolation, three new cases have been reported.

A third update: There are three more Auckland community cases, two of them in their 20s and with links to the outbreak, bringing its total to nine, and a woman in her 60s whose virus is linked to the border. Interviews are underway to determine if her virus is also linked to the outbreak.

19 August

Eleven new community cases, for a total of 21, of which 12 are confirmed as part of the outbreak, with eight under investigation for a link. The woman in her 60s reported yesterday is not considered part of the outbreak. The viruses in the outbreak and in a traveller who was on a red zone managed return flight from Sydney are a close genomic match.

There are also six new cases and two historical cases in managed isolation.

There were 758,658 COVID Tracer app scans in the 24 hours to midday yesterday.

20 August

A North Shore Hospital patient has tested positive for COVID-19 after having been admitted for an unrelated condition. The Waitematā DHB has closed the hospital and the DHB's Short Stay Surgical Unit. Incoming patients are being diverted to other hospitals while the affected areas are given a deep clean.

Health Ministry reports 11 new community cases, of which three are in Wellington, for a total of 31 associated with the Auckland outbreak. The three Wellington cases had recently travelled to Auckland and visited a location of interest. The international Air New Zealand crew member, the woman in her 60s reported yesterday, has now been confirmed as a border-related case, and not linked to the Auckland outbreak, based on the results of whole genome sequencing.

Two new cases in managed isolation today.

Alert Level change: All of New Zealand will be in Alert Level 4 until 11.59pm on Tuesday 24 August.

People aged 12-15 now eligible for vaccination with Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

21 August

Twenty-one new community cases, for a total of 51, of which 18 are in Auckland and three in Wellington. One of the new Wellington cases was also reported yesterday. Three new cases in managed isolation. Testing reached a new record yesterday, with 41,464 swabs processed. In Auckland, 31,000 swabs were taken, nearly 10,000 of them at community testing centres and around 21,000 at general practices and urgent care clinics. North Shore Hospital ED remains closed to new cases. 
 

22August

Twenty-one new community cases, for a total of 72, of which 20 are in Auckland and one in Wellington. The Wellington case was also reported yesterday. All but 11 of the 72 cases have been confirmed as belonging to the Auckland cluster, with initial assessment showing most of the 11 are linked too. Three new cases in managed isolation.

Government announces it will require businesses and events to ensure visitors record their visits by using the COVID-19 Tracer App or by making a manual record. Click on this link for details: https://tinyurl.com/wfm9v3ku

23 August

Thirty-five new community cases, for a total of 107, of which 33 are in Auckland and two in Wellington. Three new cases in managed isolation.

Alert Level change: Alert Level 4 will be extended in Auckland until 11.59pm on Tuesday 31 August, and in the rest of the country until 11.59pm on Friday 27 August.

24 August

Forty-one new community cases, for a total of 148, of which 38 are in Auckland and three in Wellington. One new case in managed isolation. The largest cluster in what is now called the Auckland outbreak is the 58 cases associated with the Māngere Assembly of God church, people who either attended a particular service there or were their contacts; followed by the "Birkdale social group" of about 23 cases.

25 August

Sixty-two new community cases, for a total of 210, of which 198 are in Auckland and 12 in Wellington. Forty of the new cases are Pasifika, three are Māori, seven are Asian, five are European and the ethnicity of seven is currently unknown to health officials. A second sample of sewage, collected from the Warkworth catchment on 22 August, has tested positive for COVID-19 genomically linked to the outbreak, following a positive from 17 August and a negative from 21 August. One new case in managed isolation.

26 August

Sixty-eight new community cases, for a total of 277, of which 263 are in Auckland and 14 in Wellington. COVID-19 has been detected in Christchurch sewage sampling on 21 and 23 August; this is considered consistent with there being at least three positive cases in MIQ facilities in the city. There are 24,402 contacts, of whom 71 per cent have been tested. Nearly 500 locations of interest have been listed. Vaccination: 87,972 doses administered yesterday, a new record. There were 743,324 COVID Tracer App scans in the 24 hours to midday yesterday.

27 August

Seventy new community cases, for a total of 347, 333 of them in Auckland and 14 in Wellington. One case is in ICU in a stable condition, among 19 cases in hospital, all in Auckland. Amberlea Home and Hospital in north Auckland is listed as an exposure site after a dementia unit staff member returned a positive test result. National hospital occupancy rates are about 75 per cent. Vaccination: another record day yesterday, reaching 90,757 doses administered.

28 August

Eighty-two new community cases, for a total of 429; and one new case in managed isolation.

29 August

Eighty-three new community cases, for a total of 511 in the community outbreak; and two new cases in managed isolation.

30 August

Fifty-three new community cases, all in Auckland, for a total of 564 in the outbreak so far. Two cases have recovered, leaving 562 active cases. Thiry-seven cases are in hospital; all are stable - 32 on a ward and five in an ICU. Of today's new cases, 66 per cent were household contacts of cases, and 77 per cent did not create new exposure events.

One new case and one historical case in managed isolation.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Independent Safety Monitoring Board considers the death of a woman following vaccination with Comirnaty was due to myocarditis, a known rare side effect of the vaccine. The board considered that the myocarditis was probably due to vaccination.

31 August

Forty-nine new community cases, minus one previous case now reclassified as border-related, for an outbreak total of 612. All the new community cases are in Auckland. There are 34,413 contacts and 389 locations of interest.

One new case in managed isolation. The number of confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic is 3212.

Alert Level change: New Zealand other than Auckland and Northland drop from level 4 to level 3 at 11.59 tonight.

1 September

Seventy-five new community cases, for an outbreak total of 687. One of the new cases is in Wellington, the rest in Auckland. One new case in managed isolation.

2 September

Forty-nine new community cases, for an outbreak total of 736. The number of contacts has risen to 37,359. Four new cases in managed isolation.

Alert Level change: Northland's move to level 3 at 11.59 tonight has been confirmed.

3 September

Twenty-eight community cases, for an outbreak total of 764. One of the new cases is in Wellington, the rest in Auckland. Four new cases in managed isolation.

4 September

One new death - a woman aged in her 90s who had a number of underlying conditions, in North Shore Hospital last night - bringing New Zealand's COVID-19 death toll to 27.

Twenty new community cases, for an outbreak total of 782. Two new cases in managed isolation.

5 September

Twenty new community cases. Outbreak total: 801. Four new cases in managed isolation and one historical case.

6 September

Twenty new community cases. Outbreak total: 821. Three new cases in managed isolation and one historical case.

7 September

Twenty-one new community cases. Outbreak total: 841 (one previously reported case has been reclassified as a duplicate).

Alert Level change: At 11.59 tonight, New Zealand except Auckland drops from level 3 to a revised level 2. It is being called level 2 "Delta", with new mask and sign-in/app-scan requirements at many places attended by the public, a reduction in group sizes and an expansion of social distancing.

8 September

Fifteen new community cases. Outbreak total: 855 (one previously reported community case has been reclassified as a border case). One new case in managed isolation. There were 1,018,481 poster scans with the COVID-19 Tracer App in the 24 hours to midday yesterday.

9 September

Thirteen new community cases. Outbreak total: 868. Two new and three historical border-related cases. Today’s community case total includes a case reported on Tuesday as one that was yet to be classified; it has now been classified as a community case. A fourth historical case is a previously reported community case which has been reclassified.

10 September

Eleven new community cases. Six new cases in managed isolation and two historical cases.

11 September

Twenty-three new community cases and one new case in managed isolation. In a second announcement today, the Ministry of Health says three people who presented at Middlemore Hospital in recent days have tested positive.

12 September

Twenty new community cases, three new cases in managed isolation and one historical case.

13 September

Thirty-three new community case and three new cases in managed isolation.

14 September

Fifteen new community cases and two new cases in managed isolation.

15 September

Fourteen new community cases and three historical cases in managed isolation.

16 September

Thirteen new community cases, three new cases in managed isolation and two historical cases. A truck driver who made deliveries from Auckland to Waikato and the Bay of Plenty has tested positive and is linked to the outbreak. A patient who tested positive at Middlemore Hospital on 15 September is in home isolation before transfer to MIQ. Five previous cases identified through exposure events at the hospital have been linked to the outbreak.

Director-general of health Ashley Bloomfield, seemingly with the endorsement of prime minister Jacinda Arden, voices a COVID-19 vaccination target of sorts. He says New Zealand needs a vaccination level of 90 per cent or above if the country is to enjoy the community benefits of a high level of vaccination, namely a high level of protection against getting unwell or dying from the disease. See here for details, at 33 minutes and 18 seconds: https://www.health.govt.nz/news-media/news-items/covid-19-update-16-september-2021

17 September

Eleven new community cases and five new cases in managed isolation.

Suspension of quarantine-free travel with Australia extended for another eight weeks.

18 September

Twenty new community cases, two new cases in managed isolation and two historical cases.

19 September

Twenty-four new community cases, for a total so far in the outbreak of 1050. In a second announcement today, the Ministry of Health says there are three new cases in the Kaiaua/Whakatīwai area of the Hauraki Plains/western Firth of Thames.

20 September

Twenty-two new community cases and one new case in managed isolation.

Alert level change: The northern Hauraki area is made subject to an order imposing level-4-like stay-at-home restrictions on people who have worked, lived or visited there since 8 September. Maximum level 2 gathering size, including at hospitality venues, increases to 100, from 50.

21 September

Fourteen new community cases (including one from north Hauraki) and one historical border-related case.

Alert level change: Auckland drops from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3 at 11.59pm and is planned to remain at level 3 until 5 October, pending a Cabinet review on 4 October. The rest of New Zealand, except northern Hauraki, will remain at level 2 while Auckland is at level 3 or 4.

22 September

Twenty-three new community cases, and one new historical border-related case.

Alert Level change: Upper Hauraki has moved to level 3, in line with Auckland's reduction to level 3 overnight, in addition to the order imposed regarding Upper Hauraki on 20 September.

23 September

Fifteen new community cases, one case in managed isolation and one historical border-related case. The number of cases so far in the community outbreak: 1123. In the past fortnight, 14 cases have not been epidemiologically linked to the outbreak.

Alert Level change: The level 4-like order restricting movement of people who visited Upper Hauraki before 7.30pm on 20 September is lifted today.

24 September

Nine new community cases and one historical case from managed isolation.

25 September

Sixteen new community cases and one historical border-related case.

Alert Level change: Upper Hauraki drops to Alert Level 2 at 11.59pm.

26 September

Eighteen new community cases and one new and two historical cases from managed isolation.

27 September

Twelve new community cases, for a total of 1177 in the outbreak.

28 September

Eight new community cases; and four border-related cases, one of which is historical. A wastewater sample taken from Tauranga on 23 September has tested positive.

29 September

Forty-five new community cases, of which 12 are not yet epidemiologically linked to the outbreak. 

30 Septebmer

Nineteen new community cases, three new cases in managed isolation and three border-related historical cases

1 October

Nineteen new community cases

2 October

Twenty-seven new community cases. Counties Manukau DHB reported a possible COVID-19 exposure event that occurred at Middlemore Hospital last night; it involves a patient who tested positive after answering no to screening questions but then being observed during ED triage to have a COVID-like symptom. An Auckland-based truck driver who had travelled to Palmerston North for work was found to be positive today, based on a test done in Auckland yesterday, and is now isolating at a facility in Palmerston North.

3 October

Two community cases in Waikato - one in Raglan, the other in Hamilton East. Both were later confirmed by genome sequencing to be linked to each other and the Auckland outbreak. In total, 33 new community cases were reported today, including one of the Waikato cases. Auckland DHB reported that a parent of a baby in the Auckland City Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit tested positive today.

Alert Level change: Level 3 restrictions will be imposed from 11.59 tonight, initially for five days, at Raglan, Hamilton City, Ngaruawahia, Huntly and Te Kauwhata. Unlike what prime minister Jacinda Ardern calls the hard level 3 boundary around Auckland at present, level 3 restrictions in the five Waikato areas will be policed by spot checks.

4 October

Twenty-nine new community cases (including the second of the two Waikato cases reported yesterday) and two new cases in managed isolation. A visitor to North Shore Hospital's maternity ward and the baby they were visiting - but not the mother - have tested positive. A person admitted to the Auckland City Hospital ICU after going to the ED - for non-COVID reasons - has tested positive.

5 October

Twenty-four new community cases, of which 18 are in Auckland and six in Waikato; and two new cases in managed isolation.

Alert Level tweak: From 11.59pm, some restrictions will be eased in Auckland's (but not Waikato's) Alert Level 3 lockdown. Newly permitted will be outdoor gatherings of up to two households at a time, with a maximum of 10 people; the return of early childhood education for all enrollees, in bubbles of up to 10; and people can travel around the Auckland region for outdoor recreation such as going to the beach and hunting.

Some experts now say New Zealand is transitioning from an elimination strategy to a suppression strategy.

6 October

One new death, of a patient in Middlemore Hospital, bringing the total number of New Zealand deaths in the pandemic to 28.

Thirty-nine new community cases (30 in Auckland, 9 in Waikato), two new cases in managed isolation, and one case in a border worker which is under investigation for whether it is linked to the border or the community. Of the Waikato cases, two were from places outside the current level 3 areas, namely Kawhia and Karapiro.

Vaccination change: the Ministry of Health advises considering a shorter gap - of at least three weeks, between the first and second doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, down from the current six weeks, which has been the recommended gap since August.

7 October

Twenty-nine new community cases (24 in Auckland and five in Waikato), and two new cases in managed isolation. Later today, the Ministry of Health reported an additional new case, a person who returned a positive test in Auckland today after returning a weak positive result earlier this week in Whangārei.

Alert Level change: The part of the Waikato region at Alert Level 3 expands at 11.59 tonight to include the Waitomo (including Te Kuiti), Waipa and Otorohanga Districts.

8 October

Forty-four new community cases (41 in Auckland and three in Waikato), plus three new cases in managed isolation.

Alert Level change: Northland goes to level 3 at 11.59pm. The positive case which prompted this change travelled from Auckland to Northland and back, 2-6 October, visiting four urban areas. The Government believes she was accompanied by another woman and says the case supplied false information as the basis of obtaining travel permission.

9 October

Thirty-four new community cases (31 of them in Auckland and three in Waikato), and two new cases in managed isolation.

A test taken from a person in Auckland, who is now in the vicinity of Katikati, a level 2 area, is positive. The person had been living in Pukekohe (level 3) and was in the process of making a permitted household move to Katikati.

10 October

Sixty new community cases (56 in Auckland, three in Waikato, and the Katikati case publicised yesterday), and one new case in managed isolation.

11 October

Thirty-five new community cases, all in Auckland. This brings the total number of cases so far in this community outbreak to 1622, of which 1534 have been epidemiologically linked (leaving 88). In the past fortnight, 58 cases have not been epidemiologically linked.

12 October

Forty-three new community cases (40 in Auckland and three in Waikato) and three new border-related cases (of which one is historical).

The travelling companion of the Auckland case whose journey in Northland led to an Alert Level 3 lockdown in that region has been found by police in west Auckland and has tested positive.

13 October

Fifty-five new community cases (53 Auckland and two Waikato). Seventy-five cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight.

My Covid Record website is launched, providing people with access to their own COVID-19 vaccination records.

14 October

Seventy-one new community cases (all in Auckland) and one new border cases. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 102.

15 October

Sixty-five new community cases (all in Auckland) and one new border case. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 107.

16 October

Forty-one new community cases (40 in Auckland, one in Waikato) and two new border cases. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 124.

Nationally, 130,002 vaccine doses were administered today, a one-day record, in "Super Saturday" vaccination events. In Auckland 85 per cent of eligible people have now had at least one dose.

17 October

Fifty-one new community cases (47 in Auckland and four in Waikato) and two new cases in managed isolation. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 127.

18 October

Sixty new community cases (57 in Auckland and three in Waikato) and five new border cases. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 140.

19 October

Ninety-four new community cases (87 in Auckland and seven in Waikato) and five new border cases. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 183

Alert Level change: Northland moves from level 3, to level 2 at 11.59pm

20 October

Sixty new community cases (56 in Auckland and four in Waikato) and two new border cases. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 166.

21 October

New community cases: 102 (94 in Auckland and eight in Waikato). New border cases: 2. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 199.

22 October

New community cases: 129 (120 in Auckland and nine in Waikato). New border cases: 5. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 195.

A third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine that has been recommended for severely immunocompromised individuals aged 12 and older is now available 

23 October

New community cases: 104 (91in Auckland, 8 in Waikato, 4 in Northland and 1 in Blenheim). New border cases: 2. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 274.

24 October

New community cases: 80 (77 in Auckland, 2 in Waikato and 1 in Northland). New border cases: 5 (including 1 historical). Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 287.

25 October

New community cases: 109 (103 in Auckland, 4 in Waikato and 2 in Northland). New border cases: 2. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 307.

26 October

New community cases: 79 (75 in Auckland and 4 in Waikato). New border cases: 1. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 281.

27 October

New community cases: 74 (68 in Auckland and six in Waikato). One new case and three historical cases in managed isolation. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 269.

Alert Level tweak: The parts of Waikato in Alert Level 3 move to the slightly eased restrictions of step 1 at 11.59 tonight. 

28 October

New community cases: 89 (83 in Auckland, 4 in Waikato and 2 in Christchurch). One historical case in managed isolation. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 293.

29 October

New community cases: 125 (118 in Auckland, 4 in Waikato, 1 in Northland and 2 in Canterbury). New cases in managed isolation: 3 plus 1 historical case. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 289.

30 October

New community cases:160 (151 in Auckland, 7 in Waikato, 1 in Northland, 1 in Canterbury). New cases in managed isolation: 2. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 358.

31 October

New community cases:143 (135 in Auckland, 6 in Waikato and 2 in Northland). Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 384.

1 November

New community cases:162 (156 in Auckland, 5 in Waikato and 1 in Northland). (Today's case count was revised on 2 November by the reclassification of two community cases as border related, making the revised daily community tally 160.)

New cases in managed isolation: 4. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 421.

2 November

New community cases:126 (107 in Auckland, 18 in Waikato and 1 in Northland). New cases in managed isolation: 3. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 432.

Alert level tweak: The parts of Waikato at level 3 will to to step 2, a slight easing, tonight at 11.59. The Government announced yesterday that Auckland is on track to move to level 3, step 2 on 9 November (next Tuesday) at 11.59pm.

3 November

New community cases:100 (97 in Auckland and 3 in Waikato). New cases in managed isolation: 9, plus one historical case. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 441. The death of a COVID-19 case isolating at home in Manukau was reported this evening.

4 November

New community cases:139 (136 in Auckland, 2 in Waikato and 1 in Northland). New cases in managed isolation: 3. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 452. 

5 November

New community cases:163 (159 in Auckland and 4 in Waikato). New cases in managed isolation: 2. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 515. The death of a COVID-19 case isolating at home in Mt Eden was reported today.

6 November

New community cases:206 (200 in Auckland, 4 in Waikato and 2 in Northland). New cases in managed isolation: 1. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 623.

7 November

New community cases:113 (109 in Auckland, 3 in Waikato and 1 in Northland). New cases in managed isolation: 1. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 645.

8 November

New community cases:190 (117 in Auckland, 2 in Waikato and 6 in Northland). New cases in managed isolation: 2 plus 1 historical case. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 700. The Ministry of Health also reported the death in Auckland City Hospital on 6 November of a patient in their late 60s who tested postive for COVID-19 when being admitted on 23 October following a trauma incident. Separately, the ministry reported the death today of a returnee in a managed isolation facility.

9 November

New community cases:125 (182 in Auckland, 7 in Waikato and 1 in Northland). New cases in managed isolation: 3. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 695. Cases in hospital: 79. Cases in ICU/HDU: 9.

Alert level tweak: at 11.50pm, Auckland moved from Alert Level 3 step 1, to step 2.

10 November

New community cases:147 (131 in Auckland, 14 in Waikato and 2 in Northland). New cases in managed isolation: 2. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 692. Cases in hospital: 81. Cases in ICU/HDU: 11. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 89% (first dose); 79% (second dose). The Health Ministry reported the third death in home isolation of a COVID-19 case, a man aged in his 60s who lived at Glen Eden, Auckland.

11 November

New community cases:185 (152 in Auckland, 25 in Waikato and 8 in Northland). New cases in managed isolation: 0. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 713. Cases in hospital: 84. Cases in ICU/HDU: 10. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 90% (first dose); 80% (second dose).

Alert level change: at 11.59 tonight, northern Northland goes from level 3, to level 2

12 November

New community cases:201 (181 in Auckland, 15 in Waikato, 4 in Northland and 1 - plus 5 to be included in tomorrow's figures - in Taranaki). New cases in managed isolation: 1. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 755. Cases in hospital: 85. Cases in ICU/HDU: 11. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 90% (first dose); 80% (second dose).

13 November

New community cases:175 (159 in Auckland, 8 in Waikato, 2 in Northland, 1 in Lakes DHB area, and 5 in Taranaki). New cases in managed isolation: 1, plus 1 historical case. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 768. Cases in hospital: 93. Cases in ICU/HDU: 9. Cases in home isolation in Auckland: 1655. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 90% (first dose); 80% (second dose).

14 November

New community cases:207 (192 in Auckland, 7 in Waikato, 2 in Northland, 4 in Lakes and 2 in MidCentral). New cases in managed isolation: 2, plus 1 historical case. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 800. Cases in hospital: 90. Cases in ICU/HDU: 7. A woman aged in her 90s, who had COVID and a number of underlying health conditions, died in North Shore Hospital last night. Cases in home isolation in Auckland: 1773. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 90% (first dose); 81% (second dose).

Shorter MIQ stays: From today, the managed isolation period for international travellers arriving in New Zealand reduces from 14 days,to 7 days, followed by isolation at home until the result of a day 9 test has been received and is negative. (Announced 28 October, with details of expanded home-isolation next year for arriving travellers).

15 November

New community cases:173 (163 in Auckland, 7 in Waikato, 2 in Northland, 1 in Lakes and 2 in MidCentral - plus 1 in Wairarapa that will be included in tomorrow's figures). New cases in managed isolation: 0, plus 1 historical case. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 861. Cases in hospital: 90. Cases in ICU/HDU: 7. Cases in home isolation in Auckland: 1893. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 90% (first dose); 81% (second dose).

Booster doses of Pfizer vaccine will be administered from 29 November (Chris Hipkins announcement today).

16 November

New community cases:222 (197 in Auckland, 20 in Waikato, 1 in Northland, 2 in Lakes and 1 in Wairarapa). New cases in managed isolation: 0. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 866. Cases in hospital: 91. Cases in ICU/HDU: 7. Deaths: 1, aged in their 70s, in Auckland City Hospital. Cases in home isolation: 2023 in Auckland and 92 in Waikato. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 90% (first dose); 81% (second dose).

Alert level change: The parts of Waikato in level 3 move to level 2 tonight at 11.59pm (announced on 15 November).

17 November

New community cases:194 (180 in Auckland, 5 in Waikato, 3 in Northland and 6 in Lakes). New cases in managed isolation: 2. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 836. Cases in hospital: 88. Cases in ICU/HDU: 7. Cases in home isolation: 2119 in Auckland and 91 in Waikato. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 91% (first dose); 82% (second dose).

Schools: Auckland and Waikato students in years 1-10 can return to face-to-face learning at schools and kura from today (Chris Hipkins announcement on 10 November).

People can request a "My Vaccine Pass", the Government's official proof that a person is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, from today (Chris Hipkins announcement today).

18 November

New community cases:167 (142 in Auckland, 17 in Waikato, 5 in Northland, 1 in Lakes, 1 in Bay of Plenty and 1 in Canterbury). New cases in managed isolation: 1. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 824. Cases in hospital: 85. Cases in ICU/HDU: 6. Deaths: 2, both in Auckland hospitals. Cases in home isolation: 2238 in Auckland and 81 in Waikato. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 91% (first dose); 82% (second dose).

19 November

New community cases:191 (152 in Auckland, 30 in Waikato, 5 in Northland, 2 in Lakes, 6 in Bay of Plenty, 1 in MidCentral, 1 in Wairarapa and 1 in Canterbury). New cases in managed isolation: 1. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 832. Cases in hospital: 76. Cases in ICU/HDU: 6. Deaths: 0. Cases in home isolation: 2035 in Auckland and 115 in Waikato. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 91% (first dose); 82% (second dose). Auckland DHB today becomes the first DHB area in which 90 per cent of those eligible are fully vaccinated.

20 November

New community cases:172 (148 in Auckland, 12 in Waikato, 4 in Northland, 4 in Lakes, 3 in Bay of Plenty, 1 in Wellington). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 190. New cases in managed isolation: 2. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 833. Cases in hospital: 70. Cases in ICU/HDU: 5. Deaths: 0. Cases in home isolation: 2459 in Auckland and 135 in Waikato. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 91% (first dose); 83% (second dose).

21 November

New community cases:149 (140 in Auckland, 6 in Waikato, 2 in Northland, 1 in Bay of Plenty, 1 in Lakes and 1 in Canterbury). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 182. New cases in managed isolation: 0. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 836. Cases in hospital: 83. Cases in ICU/HDU: 5. Deaths: 0. Cases in home isolation: 2580 in Auckland and 136 in Waikato. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 91% (first dose); 83% (second dose).

22 November

New community cases:205 (175 in Auckland, 20 in Waikato, 4 in Northland, 5 in Bay of Plenty and 1 in Lakes). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 186. New cases in managed isolation: 0. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 891. Cases in hospital: 85. Cases in ICU/HDU: 6. Deaths: 1, a man in his 40s, at Middlemore Hospital. Cases in home isolation: 1570 in Auckland and 145 in Waikato. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 91% (first dose); 83% (second dose).

Alert Level announcement: Whole country to move to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework (the traffic light system based on the vaccine pass) at 11.59pm on 2 December. Auckland will be red; rest of the country, to be confirmed on 29 November.

23 November

New community cases:215 (181 in Auckland, 18 in Waikato, 3 in Northland, 12 in Bay of Plenty, 1 in Canterbury). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 188. New cases in managed isolation: 1. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 920. Cases in hospital: 88. Cases in ICU/HDU: 6. Deaths: 1, a person in their 50s in Auckland City Hospital. Cases in home isolation: 1441 in Auckland and 143 in Waikato. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 91% (first dose); 84% (second dose).

24 November

New community cases: 215 (149 in Auckland, 16 in Waikato, 2 in Northland, 9 in Bay of Plenty, 1 in Lakes and 1 in MidCentral). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 190. New cases in managed isolation: 4. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 924. Cases in hospital: 87. Cases in ICU/HDU: 8. Cases in home isolation: 1578 in Auckland and 139 in Waikato. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 92% (first dose); 84% (second dose).

25 November

New community cases: 178 (149 in Auckland, 16 in Waikato, 2 in Northland, 9 in Bay of Plenty, 1 in Lakes ). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 187. New cases in managed isolation: 4. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: data unavailable. Cases in hospital: 77. Cases in ICU/HDU: 8. Deaths: 0. Cases in home isolation: 1172 in Auckland and 144 in Waikato. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 92% (first dose); 84% (second dose).

26 November

New community cases: 173 (154 in Auckland, 15 in Waikato, 1 in Northland, 2 in Bay of Plenty, 1 in Lakes). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 190. New cases in managed isolation: 4. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 899. Cases in hospital: 78. Cases in ICU/HDU: 8. Cases in home isolation: 1070 in Auckland and 129 in Waikato. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 92% (first dose); 85% (second dose).

Omicron named a variant of concern by the World Health Organisation.

27 November

New community cases: 145 (127 in Auckland, 13 in Waikato, 4 in Bay of Plenty, 1 in Canterbury ). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 183. New cases in managed isolation: 4. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 928. Cases in hospital: 77. Cases in ICU/HDU: 7. Deaths: 1, in Auckland City Hospital, a patient in their 80s. Cases in home isolation: 1078 in Auckland and 128 in Waikato. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 92% (first dose); 85% (second dose).

28 November

New community cases: 144 (128 in Auckland, 2 in Northland, 9 in Waikato, 4 in Bay of Plenty, 1 in Hawke's Bay). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 182. New cases in managed isolation: 4. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 904. Cases in hospital: 82. Cases in ICU/HDU: 9. Deaths: 1, in North Shore Hospital, a patient in their 80s. Cases in home isolation: 1119 in Auckland and 115 in Waikato. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 92% (first dose); 85% (second dose).

In response to Omicron, the Government places additional restrictions on travellers arriving from nine southern African countries which it has put on its list of very high risk countries.

29 November

New community cases: 182 (167 in Auckland, 5 in Northland, 10 in Waikato). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 179 . New cases in managed isolation: 3. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 934. Cases in hospital: 93. Cases in ICU/HDU: 10. Cases in home isolation: 1158 in Auckland and 124 in Waikato. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 92% (first dose); 85% (second dose).

30 November

New community cases: 134 (116 in Auckland, 1 in Northland, 8 in Waikato). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 167. New cases in managed isolation: 0, plus 1 historical case. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 933. Cases in hospital: 89. Cases in ICU/HDU: 9. Cases in home isolation: 977 in Auckland and 118 in Waikato. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 92% (first dose); 86% (second dose).

1 December

New community cases: 146 (124 in Auckland, 14 in Waikato, 4 in Bay of Plenty, 1 in Nelson Marlborough). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 157. New cases in managed isolation: 2, plus 1 historical case. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 905. Cases in hospital: 83. Cases in ICU/HDU: 9. Cases in home isolation: 1064 in Auckland and 119 in Waikato. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 93% (first dose); 86% (second dose).

2 December

New community cases: 172 (2 in Northland, 142 in Auckland, 15 in Waikato, 1 in Bay of Plenty, 2 in Lakes, 1 in MidCentral, 9 in Nelson Marlborough). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 157. New cases in managed isolation: 2. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 929. Cases in hospital: 86. Cases in ICU/HDU: 9. Cases in home isolation: 910 in Auckland and 113 in Waikato. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 93% (first dose); 86% (second dose).

Alert Level system replaced by COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights) at 11.59pm. The South Island and parts of the North Island are at orange. The red areas are Auckland and Northland, and a large strip from Whanganui and Rangitikei to East Cape.

3 December

New community cases: 92 (1 in Northland, 80 in Auckland, 2 in Waikato, 5 in Bay of Plenty, 1 in Lakes, 2 in Taranaki, 1 in Nelson Marlborough. Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 145. New cases in managed isolation: 5 and 1 historical case. Cases not epidemiologi)cally linked in last fortnight: 888. Cases in hospital: 79. Cases in ICU/HDU: 9. Cases in home isolation: 1202 in Auckland and 90 in Waikato. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 93% (first dose); 87% (second dose).

4 December

New community cases: 98 (3 in Northland, 84 in Auckland, 21 in Waikato, 6 in Bay of Plenty, 1 in Lakes, 2 in Hawke's Bay, 1 in Nelson Marlborough). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 138. New cases in managed isolation: 2. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 842. Cases in hospital: 73. Cases in ICU/HDU: 7. Cases in home isolation: 908 in Auckland. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 93% (first dose); 87% (second dose).

5 December

New community cases: 106 (3 in Northland, 93 in Auckland, 8 in Waikato, 1 in Whanganui, 1 in Canterbury). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 133. New cases in managed isolation: 2. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 810. Cases in hospital: 77. Cases in ICU/HDU: 7. Cases in home isolation: 857 in Auckland and 107 in Waikato. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 93% (first dose); 88% (second dose).

6 December

New community cases: 135 (125 in Auckland, 8 in Waikato, 2 in Canterbury). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 126. New cases in managed isolation: 0. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 808. Cases in hospital: 76. Cases in ICU/HDU: 7. Cases in home isolation: 847 in Auckland and 108 in Waikato. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 93% (first dose); 88% (second dose).

7 December

New community cases: 98 (74 in Auckland, 10 in Waikato, 8 in Bay of Plenty, 1 in Taranaki, 5 in Nelson Marlborough). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 121. New cases in managed isolation: 0. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: 752. Cases in hospital: 66. Cases in ICU/HDU: 7. Cases in home isolation: 843 in Auckland and 109 in Waikato. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 93% (first dose); 88% (second dose).

8 December

New community cases: 90 (3 in Northland, 71 in Auckland, 9 in Waikato, 5 in Bay of Plenty, 1 in Lakes, 1 in Nelson-Tasman). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 113. New cases in managed isolation: 2. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: data unavailable. Cases in hospital: 74. Cases in ICU/HDU: 6. Cases in home isolation: 813 in Auckland and 109 in Waikato. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 94% (first dose); 88% (second dose).

9 December

New community cases: 103 (88 in Auckland, 9 in Waikato, 5 in Bay of Plenty, 1 in Lakes). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 103. New cases in managed isolation: 2. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: data unavailable. Cases in hospital: 70. Cases in ICU/HDU: 5. Cases in self-isolation: 863 in Auckland. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 94% (first dose); 88% (second dose).

10 December

New community cases: 95 (75 in Auckland, 11 in Waikato, 5 in Bay of Plenty, 1 in Lakes, 1 in Nelson-Tasman, 2 in Canterbury). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 103. New cases in managed isolation: 1. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: data unavailable. Cases in hospital: 56. Cases in ICU/HDU: 4. Deaths: 2 (in Middlemore and Auckland City hospitals). Cases in self-isolation: 802 in Auckland and 101 in Waikato. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 94% (first dose); 89% (second dose).

11 December

New community cases: 63 - Northland (2), Auckland (53), Waikato (3), Bay of Plenty (1), Taranaki (1). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 99. New cases in managed isolation: 2. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: data unavailable. Cases in hospital: 60. Cases in ICU/HDU: 3. Cases in self-isolation: 677 in Auckland. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 94% (first dose); 89% (second dose).

12 December

New community cases: 103 - Northland (2), Auckland (86), Waikato (9), Bay of Plenty (3), Lakes (1), Canterbury (2). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 92. New cases in managed isolation: 1. Cases not epidemiologically linked in last fortnight: data unavailable. Cases in hospital: 61. Cases in ICU/HDU: 3. Cases in self-isolation: 686 in Auckland. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 94% (first dose); 89% (second dose).

13 December

New community cases: 101 - Auckland (97), Bay of Plenty (1), Taranaki (1), Nelson-Marlborough (1), Canterbury (1). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 93. New cases in managed isolation: 2. Cases in hospital: 61. Cases in ICU/HDU: 4. Cases in self-isolation: 709 in Auckland.

Traffic light announcement: At 11.59pm on 30 December, Auckland and most other regions currently at red (the large strip of the North Island from Whanganui to East Cape) will go to orange. Northland will remain red and the South Island will remain orange.

14 December

New community cases: 80 - Auckland (51), Waikato (21), Bay of Plenty (7), Lakes (1). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 90. New cases in managed isolation: 2. Cases in hospital: 62. Cases in ICU/HDU: 4. Cases in self-isolation: 664 in Auckland. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 94% (first dose); 89% (second dose).

15 December

New community cases: 74 - Auckland (56), Waikato (9), Bay of Plenty (7), Lakes (1), Canterbury (1). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 85.4. New cases in managed isolation: 2. Cases in hospital: 61. Cases in ICU/HDU: 4. Deaths: 1, in Tauranga Hospital. Cases in self-isolation: 447 in Auckland. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 94% (first dose); 89% (second dose).

Auckland border lifted: Most people can travel out of Auckland if they are double vaccinated or have a recent negative test result

16 December

New community cases: 91 - Northland (2), Auckland (55), Waikato (7), Bay of Plenty (10), Lakes (1), Taranaki (16). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 84. New cases in managed isolation: 4. Cases in hospital: 58. Cases in ICU/HDU: 4. Cases in self-isolation: 504 in Auckland, 68 in Waikato. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 94% (first dose); 90% (second dose).

Omicron: first case reported in New Zealand, in managed isolation in Christchurch

17 December

New community cases: 76 - Auckland (47), Waikato (15), Bay of Plenty (10), Lakes (1), Taranaki (3). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 82. New cases in managed isolation: 3. Cases in hospital: 51. Cases in ICU/HDU: 5. Cases in self-isolation: 538 in Auckland, 68 in Waikato. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 94% (first dose); 90% (second dose).

18 December 2021-16 January 2022

New Zealand Doctor Rata Aotearoa summer hiatus

The community outbreak of Delta variant cases continued slowly to wane, while the number of COVID-19 cases in border facilities rose rapidly, fuelled by the large Omicron outbreaks overseas. Also during this period the first two series of community exposures to Omicron were reported, one from a British DJ, the other from an MIQ worker.

On 21 December, Government says phased border reopening will be delayed until the end of February.

2022

17 January 

New community cases: 16 - Auckland (7), Lakes (6), Hawke's Bay (1), Wairarapa (1), West Coast (1). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 22. New border-related cases: 42. Seven day rolling average of border cases: 34. Cases in hospital: 30. Cases in ICU/HDU: 2. Cases in self-isolation: 190 in Auckland. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 95% (first dose); 93% (second dose).

From today, over-18s can book a booster shot four months since their last vaccine dose.

The COVID-19 paediatric Pfizer vaccine is available from today for children aged 5–11, initially at around 500 vaccination sites.

18 January

New community cases: 14 - Auckland (7), Lakes (6), Wellington (1). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 21. New border cases: 30. Seven day rolling average of border cases: 33. Cases in hospital: 30. Cases in ICU/HDU: 2. Cases in self-isolation in Auckland: 165. Vaccination rate of eligible people: 95% (first dose); 93% (second dose).

The first case of community transmission of Omicron in New Zealand has been reported - a household contact of the MIQ-worker case, who was in isolation when they tested positive.

19 January

New community cases: 24 - Northland (1), Auckland (14), Waikato (1),  Lakes (5), Bay of Plenty (1), Hawke’s Bay (1), Hutt Valley (1). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 21. New border-related cases: 56. Seven day rolling average of border cases: 35. Cases in hospital: 24. Cases in ICU/HDU: 2. Cases in self-isolation: 140 in Auckland.

Two household contacts and a work colleague of the Omicron-positive MIQ worker have symptoms but have returned negative COVID-19 test results. These are in addition to the one household contact who has returned a positive result. The worker's virus has been linked by genome testing to a case in the Stamford Plaza border facility.

20 January

New community cases: 39 - Auckland (21), Lakes (14), Hawke’s Bay (2), Canterbury (1), West Coast (1). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 22. New border-related cases: 46. Seven day rolling average of border cases: 37. Cases in hospital: 21. Cases in ICU/HDU: 1. Cases in self-isolation: 142 in Auckland. Vaccination: 52 per cent of those eligible have received a booster dose.

Omicron: There have been 440 Omicron cases and 32 of Delta detected at the border since 1 December.

COVID-19 Protection Framework level change: Northland, currently at red, joins the rest of the country at orange at 11.59 tonight.

21 January

New community cases: 23 - Auckland (11), Waikato (1), Lakes (8), *Hawke’s Bay (2), *Nelson Marlborough (1). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 22. New border-related cases: 44. Seven day rolling average of border cases: 40. Cases in hospital: 18. Cases in ICU/HDU: 1. Cases in self-isolation: 147 in Auckland. Vaccination: 54 per cent of those eligible have received a booster dose.

Isolation: The case isolation time has been temporarily increased to 14 days (from 10 days) because of the infectiousness of Omicron. The isolation time for close contacts has been increased to 10 days, from seven.

The Palmerston North case who tested positive on 19 January (after having been released from MIQ on 16 January on the strength of negative tests) has been determined to have Omicron and is linked to border cases in Auckland, not in Christchurch as initially thought.

22 January

New community cases: 43 - Auckland (19), Waikato (4), Lakes (6), Hawke’s Bay (6), Nelson Marlborough (8). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 25. New border-related cases: 41. Seven day rolling average of border cases: 41. Cases in hospital: 8. Cases in ICU/HDU: 0. Cases in home-isolation: 158 in Auckland, 22 in Waikato. Vaccination: 54 per cent of those eligible have received a booster dose.

23 January

New community cases: 24 - Northland (2), Auckland (16), Waikato (1), Lakes (5). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 25. New border-related cases: 47. Seven day rolling average of border cases: 39. Cases in hospital: 8. Cases in ICU/HDU: 0. Cases in home-isolation: 154 in Auckland, 15 in Waikato.

The nine Nelson Marlborough cases reported yesterday have Omicron, and a 10th case from the same family household has been confirmed. The family were in Auckland 13-16 January where members went to a wedding, a funeral and entertainment venues. A flight attendant who was on one of their flights and four later flights has tested positive. A guest at one of the family events has tested positive.

COVID-19 Protection Framework level change: All of New Zealand goes to red, from orange, at 11.59 tonight because the risk of undetected community spread of Omicron is now considered high, owing to the findings connected with the Nelson Marlborough (Motueka) family and their contacts.

24 January

New community cases: 25 - Northland (4), Auckland (13), Waikato (4), Lakes (1), MidCentral (1), Nelson Tasman (2). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 27. New border-related cases: 50. Seven day rolling average of border cases: 43. Cases in hospital: 10. Cases in ICU/HDU: 0. Cases in home-isolation: 157 in Auckland, 19 in Waikato. Vaccination: 57 per cent of those due for a booster shot have received it.

Community transmission and the "January Omicron Cluster": Eight new cases today (two in Nelson/Tasman, five in Auckland and one in Palmerston North) for a total of 19 cases. A COVID-19-positive worker at Summerset by the Park Rest Home in south Auckland is connected to the Omicron outbreak.

25 January

New community cases: 25 - Northland (1), Auckland (18), Bay of Plenty (2), Lakes (2), MidCentral (1), Nelson Marlborough (1). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 29. New border-related cases: 37. Seven day rolling average of border cases: 38. Cases in hospital: 10. Cases in ICU/HDU: 0. Cases in home-isolation: 164 in Auckland. Vaccination: 20 per cent of children aged 5-11 have received one dose.

The January Omicron Cluster: 10 new community cases, including two in Tauranga, for a total of 29.

26 January

New community cases: 23 - Northland (1), Auckland (12), Waikato (3), Lakes (5), Capital and Coast (1), Nelson Marlborough (1). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 27. New border-related cases: 36. Seven day rolling average of border cases: 39. Cases in hospital: 6. Cases in ICU/HDU: 0. Cases in home-isolation: 168 in Auckland. Vaccination: 23 per cent of children aged 5-11 have received one dose. Community Omicron case tally stands at 56 cases.

27 January

New community cases: 45 - Auckland (22), Waikato (2), Bay of Plenty (3), Lakes (7), Taranaki (1), Hawke’s Bay (8), Nelson Marlborough (2). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 29. New border-related cases: 51. Seven day rolling average of border cases: 42. Cases in hospital: 5. Cases in ICU/HDU: 1. Cases in home-isolation: 176 in Auckland. Community Omicron case tally stands at 90 cases.

28 January

New community cases: 105 - .Auckland (76), Waikato (5), Tairawhiti (1), Bay of Plenty (9), Lakes (7), Hawke’s Bay (1), MidCentral (1), Nelson Marlborough (2), Canterbury (3). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 40. New border-related cases: 45. Seven day rolling average of border cases: 41. Cases in hospital: 4. Cases in ICU/HDU: 1. Cases in home-isolation: 206 in Auckland.

29 January

New community cases: 97 - .Northland (1), Auckland (61), Waikato (14), Tairawhiti (3), Bay of Plenty (8), Lakes (7), Hawke’s Bay (3). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 48. New border-related cases: 58. Seven day rolling average of border cases: 44. Cases in hospital: 7. Cases in ICU/HDU: 0. Cases in home-isolation: 242 in Auckland.

Health Ministry reports that common early symptoms of Omicron infection are sore, scratchy throat and a runny nose.

30 January

New community cases: 103 - .Northland (4), Auckland (56), Waikato (12), Tairāwhiti (1), Bay of Plenty (14), Lakes (8), Hawke’s Bay (3), MidCentral (1), Taranaki (1), Wellington (2), Nelson Tasman (1). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 59. New border-related cases: 37. Seven day rolling average of border cases: 43. Cases in hospital: 11. Cases in ICU/HDU: 0. Deaths: 1, a patient at North Shore Hospital aged in their 70s. Cases in home-isolation: 288 in Auckland.

31 January

New community cases: 91 - .Northland (1), Auckland (65), Waikato (17), Tairāwhiti (1), Lakes (3), Bay of Plenty (1), Hawke’s Bay (2), Wellington (1). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 69. New border-related cases: 39. Seven day rolling average of border cases: 40. Cases in hospital: 10. Cases in ICU/HDU: 0. Cases in home-isolation: 354 in Auckland.

Omicron is now the dominant variant of COVID-19 in New Zealand

1 February

New community cases: 126 - .Northland (5), Auckland (84), Waikato (20), Lakes (1), Bay of Plenty (8), Tairāwhiti (2), Taranaki (1), Hawke’s Bay (2), Wellington (1), Nelson Marlborough (1), Canterbury (1). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 84. New border-related cases: 79. Seven day rolling average of border cases: 46. Cases in hospital: 8. Cases in ICU/HDU: 0. Cases in home-isolation: 427 in Auckland.

2 February

New community cases: 142 - .Northland (11), Auckland (103), Waikato (12), Lakes (2), Bay of Plenty (5), Taranaki (3), Hawke’s Bay (1),Nelson Marlborough (2), Canterbury (3). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 101. New border-related cases: 54. Seven day rolling average of border cases: 49. Cases in hospital: 6. Cases in ICU/HDU: 0. Cases in home-isolation: 515 in Auckland.

3 February

New community cases: 147 - .Northland (14), Auckland (90), Waikato (15), Lakes (9), Bay of Plenty (8), Hawke’s Bay (7), Capital and Coast (4). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 113. New border-related cases: 44. Seven day rolling average of border cases: 47. Cases in hospital: 13. Cases in ICU/HDU: 0. Cases in home-isolation: 568 in Auckland.

Government announces rescheduled plan for border reopening, which will begin on 27 February with fully vaccinated New Zealanders and other eligible travellers returning to New Zealand from Australia. Instead of MIQ, they will self-isolate for 10 days, or for seven days if New Zealand has moved to phase 2 of its Omicron plan.

New mask rules come into force at 11.59pm. Medical type masks become mandatory for workers subject to compulsory vaccination and in a public facing role. Masks worn by the public in places where they are mandatory can no longer be a T-shirt, bandana or scarf.

4 February

New community cases: 209 - .Northland (21), Auckland (99), Waikato (51), Lakes (15), Bay of Plenty (15), Hawke’s Bay (3), Tairāwhiti (4), MidCentral (1). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 128. New border-related cases: 64. Seven day rolling average of border cases: 49. Cases in hospital: 9. Cases in ICU/HDU: 1. Cases in home-isolation in Auckland: 642.

Vaccination: From today the approved gap between the second and booster doses reduces to three months, from four, for those eligible for booster shots (who are those over 18).

5 February

New community cases: 243. Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 148. New border-related cases: 26. Seven day rolling average of border cases: 44. Cases in hospital: 10. Cases in ICU/HDU: 1. Cases in home-isolation in Auckland: 728.

6 Feburary

New community cases: 208 - Northland (7), Auckland (128), Waikato (49), Lakes (1), Bay of Plenty (11), Hawke’s Bay (5), Wellington (3), Nelson Marlborough (3), South Canterbury (1). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 157. New border-related cases: 19. Seven day rolling average of border cases: 40. Cases in hospital: 12. Cases in ICU/HDU: 1. Cases in home-isolation in Auckland: 861.

7 February

New community cases: 188 - Northland (16), Auckland (117), Waikato (15), Tairāwhiti (1), Lakes (12), Bay of Plenty (20), Hawke’s Bay (1), Mid Central (1), Hutt Valley (2), Canterbury (3). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 170. New border-related cases: 27. Seven day rolling average of border cases: 38. Cases in hospital: 14. Cases in ICU/HDU: 1. Cases in home-isolation in Auckland: 997.

8 February

New community cases: 202 - Northland (17), Auckland (119), Waikato (39), Lakes (4), Bay of Plenty (8), Taranaki (1), Hawke’s Bay (8), Hutt Valley (1), Capital & Coast (4), Nelson Marlborough (1). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 183. New border-related cases: 63. Seven day rolling average of border cases: 38. Cases in hospital: 14. Cases in ICU/HDU: 1. Cases in home-isolation in Auckland: 1099.

9 February

New community cases: 204 - Northland (8), Auckland (135), Waikato (35), Lakes (2), Bay of Plenty (11),Taranaki (1), MidCentral (2) Wellington (3), Hutt Valley (3), Nelson Marlborough (1), Canterbury (3). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 194. New border-related cases: 46. Seven day rolling average of border cases: 38. Cases in hospital: 16. Cases in ICU/HDU: 0. Cases in home-isolation in Auckland: 1218.

10 February

New community cases: 306 - Northland (12), Auckland (216), Waikato (48), Tairāwhiti (4), Bay of Plenty (7), Lakes (6), MidCentral (2), Taranaki (5), Hutt Valley (3); Capital and Coast (3). Seven-day rolling average of community cases: 215. New border-related cases: 30. Seven day rolling average of border cases: 35. Cases in hospital: 12. Cases in ICU/HDU: 0.

11 February

New community cases: 446 - Northland (16), Auckland (340), Waikato (48), Bay of Plenty (14), Lakes (13), Taranaki (1), Hutt Valley (7), Capital and Coast (4), Southern (3). Seven-day average of community cases: 244. New border-related cases: 32. Seven day average of border cases: 33. Cases in hospital: 49. Cases in ICU/HDU: 0. Vaccination: 43 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 56 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

12 February

New community cases: 454 - Northland (12), Auckland (294), Waikato (72), Bay of Plenty (23), Lakes (8), Hawke’s Bay (7), MidCentral (5), Taranaki (1), Wellington (5), Hutt Valley (12), Wairarapa (2), Southern (13). Seven-day average of community cases: 275. New border-related cases: 8. Seven day average of border cases: 28. Cases in hospital: 27. Cases in ICU/HDU: 0. Vaccination: 44 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 58 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

13 February

New community cases: 810 - Northland (13), Auckland (623), Waikato (81), Bay of Plenty (11), Lakes (11), Hawke’s Bay (8), MidCentral (3), Whanganui (6), Taranaki (5), Tairawhiti (3), Wellington (15), Hutt Valley (10), Nelson Marlborough (2), Canterbury (3), South Canterbury (2), Southern (14). Seven-day average of community cases: 432. New border-related cases: 18 (including 5 historical). Seven day average of border cases: 25. Cases in hospital: 32. Cases in ICU/HDU: 0. Vaccination: 45 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 59 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

14 February

New community cases: 810 - Northland (21), Auckland (768), Waikato (82), Bay of Plenty (23), Lakes (12), Hawke’s Bay (5), MidCentral (5), Taranaki (1), Tairawhiti (6), Wairarapa (12), Wellington (6), Hutt Valley (14), Nelson Marlborough (2), Canterbury (4), South Canterbury (1), Southern (19). Seven-day average of community cases: 468. New border-related cases: 25 (including 8 historical). Seven day average of border cases: 27. Cases in hospital: 39. Cases in ICU/HDU: 0. Vaccination: 45 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 60 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

15 February

New community cases: 744 - Northland (43), Auckland (535), Waikato (69), Bay of Plenty (8), Lakes (10), Hawke’s Bay (1), MidCentral (6), Taranaki (2), Tairāwhiti (7), Wairarapa (1), Capital and Coast (5), Hutt Valley (9), Nelson Marlborough (9), Canterbury (9), Southern (30). Seven-day average of community cases: 541. New border-related cases: 19 (including 3 historical). Seven day average of border cases: 20. Cases in hospital: 40. Cases in ICU/HDU: 0. Vaccination: 45 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 61 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

At 11.59pm, New Zealand moves to phase 2 of the Government's Omicron plan. Self-isolation period reduces to 10 days, from 14, for cases. Household contacts of cases must self isolate for 10 days and no more than the 10 days' recovery period of cases in their household unless the contact becomes a case. The self-isolation period for other close contacts reduces to seven days, from 10. "Critical worker" close contacts who can't work from home can keep going to work under the "close contact exemption scheme" if they are asymptomatic, vaccinated and return a daily negative rapid antigen test. Notification of cases and contact tracing will be based more on text messaging and online form-filling, rather than on phone conversations.

16 February

New community cases: 1160 - Northland (24), Auckland (861), Waikato (73), Bay of Plenty (33), Lakes (5), Hawke’s Bay (15), MidCentral (3), Whanganui (4), Taranaki (9), Tairāwhiti (9), Wairarapa (5), Capital and Coast (32), Hutt Valley (20), Nelson Marlborough (15), Canterbury (8), South Canterbury (3), Southern (39), Unknown (2). Seven-day average of community cases: 683. New border-related cases: 43. Seven day average of border cases: 20. Cases in hospital: 56. Cases in ICU/HDU: 0. Vaccination: 46 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 62 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

17 February

New community cases: 1573 - Northland (31), Auckland (1,140), Waikato (143), Bay of Plenty (29), Lakes (35), Hawke’s Bay (2), MidCentral (3), Whanganui (11), Taranaki (8), Tairāwhiti (8), Wairarapa (30), Capital and Coast (20), Hutt Valley (22), Nelson Marlborough (49), Canterbury (7), Southern (35). Seven-day average of community cases: 844. New border-related cases: 15. Seven day average of border cases: 17. Cases in hospital: 63. Cases in ICU/HDU: 0. Vaccination: 46 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 62 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

18 February

New community cases: 1929 - Northland (13), Auckland (1,384), Waikato (155), Bay of Plenty (58), Lakes (9), Hawke’s Bay (17), MidCentral (3), Whanganui (11), Taranaki (9), Tairāwhiti (8), Wairarapa (5), Capital and Coast (28), Hutt Valley (50), Nelson Marlborough (60), Canterbury (31), South Canterbury (7), Southern (77). Seven-day average of community cases: 1051. New border-related cases: 18. Seven day average of border cases: 12. Cases in hospital: 73. Cases in ICU/HDU: 1. Vaccination: 46 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 62 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

19 February

New community cases: 1901 - Northland (33), Auckland (1,240), Waikato (249), Bay of Plenty (66), Lakes (11), Hawke’s Bay (22), MidCentral (12), Whanganui (10), Taranaki (10), Tairāwhiti (12), Wairarapa (17), Capital and Coast (38), Hutt Valley (31), Nelson Marlborough (40), Canterbury (40), South Canterbury (2), West Coast (1), Southern (65). Unknown (2). Seven-day average of community cases: 1232. New border-related cases: 14 (including 5 historical). Seven day average of border cases: 11. Cases in hospital: 76. Cases in ICU/HDU: 0. Vaccination: 47 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 65 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

20 February

New community cases: 2522 - Northland (41), Auckland (1,799), Waikato (188), Bay of Plenty (86), Lakes (11), Hawke’s Bay (24), MidCentral (13), Whanganui (2), Taranaki (9), Tairāwhiti (12), Wairarapa (14), Capital and Coast (54), Hutt Valley (25), Nelson Marlborough (53), Canterbury (76), South Canterbury (1), Southern (111). Unknown (3). Seven-day average of community cases: 1447. New border-related cases: 17 (including 4 historical). Seven day average of border cases: 17. Cases in hospital: 100. Cases in ICU/HDU: 0. Vaccination: 48 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 65 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

21 February

New community cases: 2365 - Northland (50), Auckland (1,692), Waikato (136), Bay of Plenty (42), Lakes (24), Hawke’s Bay (23), MidCentral (14), Whanganui (5), Taranaki (4), Tairāwhiti (9), Wairarapa (8), Capital and Coast (89), Hutt Valley (19), Nelson Marlborough (58), Canterbury (105), South Canterbury (1), Southern (86). Seven-day average of community cases: 1667. New border-related cases: 12 (including 4 historical). Seven day average of border cases: 11. Cases in hospital: 116. Cases in ICU/HDU: 1. Deaths: 2, at Middlemore and Auckland City hospitals. Vaccination: 48 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 66 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

Following days of long delays for testing, the Ministry of Health says rapid antigen test kits will from today be given to some people who fit "appropriate clinical criteria" (which are not yet publicly specified) at Auckland community testing centres.

22 February

New community cases: 2846 - Northland (36), Auckland (1,802), Waikato (285), Bay of Plenty (86), Lakes (19), Hawke’s Bay (25), MidCentral (25), Whanganui (19), Taranaki (26), Tairāwhiti (17), Wairarapa (2), Capital and Coast (84), Hutt Valley (25), Nelson Marlborough (77), Canterbury (105), South Canterbury (4), Southern (206). Seven-day average of community cases: 1966. New border-related cases: 15 (including 4 historical). Seven day average of border cases: 11. Cases in hospital: 143. Cases in ICU/HDU: 1. Vaccination: 48.2 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 67.1 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

23 February

New community cases: 3297 - Northland (40), Auckland (1,729), Waikato (297), Bay of Plenty (157), Lakes (54), Hawke’s Bay (18), MidCentral (56), Whanganui (5), Taranaki (30), Tairāwhiti (16), Wairarapa (16), Capital and Coast (123), Hutt Valley (28), Nelson Marlborough (85), Canterbury (176), South Canterbury (7), Southern (455), West Coast (3). Seven-day average of community cases: 2257. New border-related cases: 8. Seven day average of border cases: 8. Cases in hospital: 179. Cases in ICU/HDU: 1. Vaccination: 48.5 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 67.7 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

24 February

New community cases: 6137 - Northland (56), Auckland (1,979), Waikato (314), Bay of Plenty (116), Lakes (75), Hawke’s Bay (30), MidCentral (69), Whanganui (13), Taranaki (30), Tairāwhiti (26), Wairarapa (11), Capital and Coast (120), Hutt Valley (68), Nelson Marlborough (112), Canterbury (194), South Canterbury (3), Southern (305), West Coast (4). Seven-day average of community cases: 2911 (stated, for the first time, as PCR results, now that RAT testing is widespread). New border-related cases: 8. Cases in hospital: 205. Cases in ICU/HDU: 2. Deaths: 1 (Middlemore Hospital). Vaccination: 48.8 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 68.2 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

Phase 3 of the Government's Omicron plan comes into effect at 11.59pm. Main features include that only household contacts will be counted as contacts, RAT-detected cases will self-notify their result to the official register, cases will be asked to notify their own contacts, and supervised RAT tests is being introduced at Auckland general practices and urgent care clinics.

25 February

New community cases: 12,011 - 3807 by PCR, 8223 by RAT. Seven-day average of community cases: 3576 (by PCR). New border-related cases: 19. Cases in hospital: 237. Cases in ICU/HDU: 3. Deaths: 5 (North Shore, Waikato and Tauranga). Vaccination: 49.1 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 68.8 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

26 February

New community cases: 13,606 - 2613 by PCR, 10,993 by RAT. Location - Northland (218), Auckland (9,262), Waikato (1,154), Bay of Plenty (690), Lakes (185), Hawke’s Bay (106), MidCentral (123), Whanganui (28), Taranaki (52), Tairāwhiti (48), Wairarapa (18), Capital and Coast (413), Hutt Valley (130), Nelson Marlborough (176), Canterbury (469), South Canterbury (20), Southern (505), West Coast (3); Unknown (6). Seven-day average of community cases: 5078 (by PCR). New border-related cases: 6. Cases in hospital: 263. Cases in ICU/HDU: 5. Deaths: 0. Vaccination: 49.6 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 69.5 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

27 February

New community cases: 14,941 - 5747 by PCR, 9194 by RAT. Location - Northland (225), Auckland (9,046), Waikato (1,519), Bay of Plenty (812), Lakes (208), Hawke’s Bay (136), MidCentral (142), Whanganui (19), Taranaki (100), Tairāwhiti (69), Wairarapa (45), Capital and Coast (516), Hutt Valley (373), Nelson Marlborough (158), Canterbury (981), South Canterbury (44), Southern (532), West Coast (9); Unknown (5). Seven-day average of community cases: 6705 (by PCR). New border-related cases: 41. Cases in hospital: 305. Cases in ICU/HDU: 5. Deaths: 1 (Northland). Vaccination: 50.2 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 70.1 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

Border: From 11.59pm, fully vaccinated New Zealanders returning from New Zealand are subject to self-isolation, not MIQ.

28 February

New community cases: 14,633 - 3822 by PCR, 10,811 by RAT. Location - Northland (208), Auckland (9,305), Waikato (1,530), Bay of Plenty (762), Lakes (265), Hawke’s Bay (138), MidCentral (175), Whanganui (30), Taranaki (67), Tairāwhiti (60), Wairarapa (52), Capital and Coast (604), Hutt Valley (281), Nelson Marlborough (178), Canterbury (573), South Canterbury (24), Southern (372), West Coast (3); Unknown (6). Seven-day average of community cases: 8398 (by PCR). New border-related cases: 24. Cases in hospital: 344. Cases in ICU/HDU: 5. Deaths: 0. Vaccination: 50.4 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 70.3 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

Government announces self-isolation requirements to be relaxed for returning New Zealanders.

1 March

New community cases: 19,566 - 2513 by PCR, 17,053 by RAT. Location - Northland (329), Auckland (12,530), Waikato (1,812), Bay of Plenty (1,185), Lakes (376), Hawke’s Bay (168), MidCentral (260), Whanganui (45), Taranaki (165), Tairāwhiti (88), Wairarapa (42), Capital and Coast (691), Hutt Valley (355), Nelson Marlborough (196), Canterbury (740), South Canterbury (37), Southern (529), West Coast (17); Unknown (1).

Seven-day average of community cases: 10,689 (testing method not stated). New border-related cases: 22. Cases in hospital: 373. Cases in ICU/HDU: 9. Deaths: 0. Vaccination: 50.7 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 70.9 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

Novovax vaccine approved in New Zealand for those 18 and older.

2 March

New community cases: 22,152 - 3525 by PCR, 18,627 by RAT. Location - Northland (382), Auckland (13,231), Waikato (2,139), Bay of Plenty (1,270), Lakes (415), Hawke’s Bay (273), MidCentral (367), Whanganui (56), Taranaki (261), Tairāwhiti (137), Wairarapa (91), Capital and Coast (1,115), Hutt Valley (473), Nelson Marlborough (272), Canterbury (1,033), South Canterbury (36), Southern (578), West Coast (15); Unknown (8).

Seven-day average of community cases: 12,939. New border-related cases: 8. Cases in hospital: 405. Cases in ICU/HDU: 10. Deaths: 0. Vaccination: 51 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 71.7 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

Border rules: From 11.59pm, fully vaccinated New Zealanders and other eligible people entering from Australia do not have to isolate. They must return a negative pre-departure test result. They must also return negative RAT results on arrival and on day 5/6; those who are COVID-positive must report the results and self-isolate.

3 March

New community cases: 23,183 - 3378 by PCR, 19,805 by RAT. Location - Northland (520), Auckland (13,237), Waikato (1,870), Bay of Plenty (1,332), Lakes (537), Hawke’s Bay (315), MidCentral (381), Whanganui (79), Taranaki (289), Tairāwhiti (134), Wairarapa (94), Capital and Coast (1,487), Hutt Valley (642), Nelson Marlborough (271), Canterbury (1,294), South Canterbury (53), Southern (615), West Coast (16); Unknown (17).

Seven-day average of community cases: 14,972. New border-related cases: 11 probables. Cases in hospital: 503. Cases in ICU/HDU: 7. Deaths: 1 (Bay of Plenty resthome). Vaccination: 51.3 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 72 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

4 March

New community cases: 22,527 - 3748 by PCR, 18,779 by RAT. Location - Northland (515), Auckland (13,252), Waikato (1,674), Bay of Plenty (1,248), Lakes (464), Hawke’s Bay (325), MidCentral (364), Whanganui (79), Taranaki (257), Tairāwhiti (155), Wairarapa (69), Capital and Coast (1,356), Hutt Valley (577), Nelson Marlborough (304), Canterbury (1,163), South Canterbury (63), Southern (632), West Coast (16); Unknown (14).

Seven-day average of community cases: 16,163. New border-related cases: 8. Cases in hospital: 562. Cases in ICU/HDU: 11. Deaths: 5. Vaccination: 51.6 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 72.2 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

Border: From 11.59pm, fully vaccinated New Zealanders and others with Immigration eligibility can enter from anywhere and do not need to isolate.

5 March

New community cases: 18,833 - 1173 by PCR, 17,660 by RAT. Location - Northland (483), Auckland (9,789), Waikato (1,575), Bay of Plenty (1,222), Lakes (459), Hawke’s Bay (327), MidCentral (417), Whanganui (95), Taranaki (264), Tairāwhiti (153), Wairarapa (94), Capital and Coast (1,308), Hutt Valley (576), Nelson Marlborough (258), Canterbury (1,170), South Canterbury (57), Southern (558), West Coast (17); Unknown (11).

Seven-day average of community cases: 16,687. New border-related cases: 7. Cases in hospital: 597. Cases in ICU/HDU: 10. Deaths: 5. Vaccination: 51.8 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 72.3 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

6 March

New community cases: 15,161 - 547 by PCR, 14,618 by RAT. Northland (382), Auckland (7,226), Waikato (1,334), Bay of Plenty (937), Lakes (434), Hawke’s Bay (336), MidCentral (378), Whanganui (59), Taranaki (239), Tairāwhiti (166), Wairarapa (85), Capital and Coast (1,161), Hutt Valley (648), Nelson Marlborough (233), Canterbury (1,019), South Canterbury (52), Southern (444), West Coast (17); Unknown (11).

Seven-day average of community cases: 17,272. New border-related cases: 4. Cases in hospital: 618. Cases in ICU/HDU: 10. Deaths:1. Vaccination: 52.3 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 72.4 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

Epidemiologists, modellers and COVID-19 response minister Chris Hipkins warn that the actual case numbers are now likely to be far higher than the reported daily tallies, partly because people testing themselves with RAT tests are asked to self-report their results. Hospital admissions are considered a more reliable tracker of the pandemic.

7 March

New community cases: 17,522 - 897 by PCR, 16,625 by RAT. Northland (509), Auckland (7,639), Waikato (1,541), Bay of Plenty (1,174), Lakes (475), Hawke’s Bay (435), MidCentral (400), Whanganui (95), Taranaki (311), Tairāwhiti (217), Wairarapa (99), Capital and Coast (1,545), Hutt Valley (837), Nelson Marlborough (329), Canterbury (1,308), South Canterbury (82), Southern (506), West Coast (14); Unknown (6).

Seven-day average of community cases: 17,921. New border-related cases: 11. Cases in hospital: 696. Cases in ICU/HDU: 13. Deaths:0. Vaccination: 52.4 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 72.3 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it (0.01 percentage point lower than yesterday - unexplained).

8 March

New community cases: 23,894 - 596 by PCR, 23,298 by RAT. Northland (718), Auckland (9,881), Waikato (2,146), Bay of Plenty (1,691), Lakes (660), Hawke’s Bay (707), MidCentral (632), Whanganui (166), Taranaki (525), Tairāwhiti (366), Wairarapa (136), Capital and Coast (1,787), Hutt Valley (1,061), Nelson Marlborough (435), Canterbury (1,903), South Canterbury (129), Southern (914), West Coast (30); Unknown (7).

Seven-day average of community cases: 18,669. New border-related cases: 19. Cases in hospital: 757. Cases in ICU/HDU: 16. Deaths:0. Vaccination: 52.5 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 72.5 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

COVID-positive critical workers can return to work in some circumstances.

9 March

New community cases: 22,454 - 558 by PCR, 21,896 by RAT. Northland (716), Auckland (8,529), Waikato (2,109), Bay of Plenty (1,427), Lakes (633), Hawke’s Bay (707), MidCentral (655), Whanganui (202), Taranaki (536), Tairāwhiti (373), Wairarapa (166), Capital and Coast (1,879), Hutt Valley (1,062), Nelson Marlborough (452), Canterbury (2,024), South Canterbury (120), Southern (835), West Coast (20); Unknown (9).

Seven-day average of community cases: 18,800. New border-related cases: 12. Cases in hospital: 742 (provisional). Cases in ICU/HDU: 19. Deaths:4. Vaccination: 52.6 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 72.5 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

Isolation: Government announces case and household contact isolation period to reduce to seven days, from 10 now, at 11.59pm on 11 March.

10 March

New community cases: 21,015 - 660 by PCR, 20,355 by RAT. Northland (689), Auckland (7,234), Waikato (2,016), Bay of Plenty (1,392), Lakes (632), Hawke’s Bay (700), MidCentral (653), Whanganui (156), Taranaki (524), Tairāwhiti (353), Wairarapa (170), Capital and Coast (1,858), Hutt Valley (1,103), Nelson Marlborough (449), Canterbury (2,021), South Canterbury (109), Southern (918), West Coast (26); Unknown (12).

Seven-day average of community cases: 19,741. New border-related cases: 15. Cases in hospital: 773. Cases in ICU/HDU: 16. Deaths: 1. Vaccination: 52.8 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 72.6 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

Change in death reporting and reconciliation of deaths tally. Ministry of Health today announced a new way of reporting COVID-related deaths within 28 days of postive COVID test, in three categories: (a) COVID is clearly the cause of death, 34 deaths so far, (b) died with but not of COVID, 2 deaths so far, (c) cause of death still under investigation, 48 so far. Total of COVID-related deaths so far is higher still, at 91, than the sum of those three categories because of the addition of several deaths from the past fortnight most of which were in aged residential care and, although certified, they hadn't been notified through the public health system. Click here for details.

11 March

New community cases: 19,866 - 669 by PCR, 20,320 by RAT. Northland (765), Auckland (7,240), Waikato (1,941), Bay of Plenty (1,352), Lakes (510), Hawke’s Bay (855), MidCentral (682), Whanganui (188), Taranaki (519), Tairāwhiti (330), Wairarapa (174), Capital and Coast (1,746), Hutt Valley (1,044), Nelson Marlborough (443), Canterbury (2,160), South Canterbury (136), Southern (878), West Coast (22); Unknown (4).

Seven-day average of community cases: 19,866. New border-related cases: 23. Cases in hospital: 856. Cases in ICU/HDU: 20. Deaths: 7. Vaccination: 52.9 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 72.7 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

Isolation: Case and household contact isolation periods reduce to seven days, from 10 now, at 11.59pm.

12 March

New community cases: 18,699 - 540 by PCR, 18,159 by RAT. Northland (670), Auckland (6,077), Waikato (1,700), Bay of Plenty (1,247), Lakes (496), Hawke’s Bay (730), MidCentral (667), Whanganui (162), Taranaki (462), Tairāwhiti (377), Wairarapa (169), Capital and Coast (1,545), Hutt Valley (937), Nelson Marlborough (424), Canterbury (2,028), South Canterbury (118), Southern (848), West Coast (32); Unknown (10).

Seven-day average of community cases: 19,888. New border-related cases: 16. Cases in hospital: 853. Cases in ICU/HDU: 17. Deaths: 7. Vaccination: 53.1 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 72.7 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

13 March

New community cases: 14,494 - 447  by PCR, 14,047 by RAT. Northland (440), Auckland (4,509), Waikato (1,420), Bay of Plenty (931), Lakes (394), Hawke’s Bay (597), MidCentral (472), Whanganui (137), Taranaki (355), Tairāwhiti (289), Wairarapa (105), Capital and Coast (1,141), Hutt Valley (845), Nelson Marlborough (376), Canterbury (1,664), South Canterbury (93), Southern (703), West Coast (18); Unknown (5).

Seven-day average of community cases: 19,771. New border-related cases: 22. Cases in hospital: 896. Cases in ICU/HDU: 18. Deaths: 8. Vaccination: 53.3 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 72.8 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

14 March

New community cases: 15,540 - 209 by PCR, 15,353 by RAT. Northland (482), Auckland (4,730), Waikato (1,532), Bay of Plenty (1,023), Lakes (457), Hawke’s Bay (680), MidCentral (528), Whanganui (162), Taranaki (343), Tairāwhiti (262), Wairarapa (167), Capital and Coast (1,191), Hutt Valley (749), Nelson Marlborough (373), Canterbury (1,896), South Canterbury (130), Southern (795), West Coast (31); Unknown (9).

Seven-day average of community cases: 19,566. New border-related cases: 22. Cases in hospital: 952. Cases in ICU/HDU: 19. Deaths: 2. Vaccination: 53.3 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 72.7 per cent (less than yesterday - unexplained) of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

15 March

New community cases: 21,616 - 317 by PCR, 21,316 by RAT. Northland (708), Auckland (6,085), Waikato (2,062), Bay of Plenty (1,424), Lakes (633), Hawke’s Bay (1,111), MidCentral (888), Whanganui (276), Taranaki (510), Tairāwhiti (446), Wairarapa (229), Capital and Coast (1,584), Hutt Valley (987), Nelson Marlborough (524), Canterbury (2,642), South Canterbury (217), Southern (1,238), West Coast (43); Unknown (9).

Seven-day average of community cases: 19,226. New border-related cases: 17. Cases in hospital: 960. Cases in ICU/HDU: 22. Deaths: 2. Vaccination: 53.4 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 72.8 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

16 March

New community cases: 19,452 - 522 by PCR, 18,930 by RAT. Northland (661), Auckland (5,318), Waikato (1,834), Bay of Plenty (1,347), Lakes (584), Hawke’s Bay (1,049), MidCentral (802), Whanganui (231), Taranaki (663), Tairāwhiti (370), Wairarapa (208), Capital and Coast (1,308), Hutt Valley (780), Nelson Marlborough (487), Canterbury (2,385), South Canterbury (185), Southern (1,203), West Coast (30); Unknown (7).

Seven-day average of community cases: 18,791. New border-related cases: 35. Cases in hospital: 971. Cases in ICU/HDU: 21. Deaths: 24 (8 yesterday and 16 in the past 3 weeks). Vaccination: 53.5 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 72.8 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

Border announcement: From 11.59pm on 12 April, fully vaccinated Australians will be able to travel to New Zealand isolation-free. From 11.59pm on 1 May, vaccinated travellers from visa-waiver countries such as the UK, US, Japan, Germany, Korea and Singapore, and those from other countries who have a valid visitor visa, will be able to travel to New Zealand isolation-free.

17 March

New community cases: 19,566 - 534 by PCR, 19,032 by RAT. Northland (700), Auckland (4,867), Waikato (1,820), Bay of Plenty (1,265), Lakes (624), Hawke’s Bay (1,101), MidCentral (821), Whanganui (269), Taranaki (661), Tairāwhiti (385), Wairarapa (260), Capital and Coast (1,405), Hutt Valley (874), Nelson Marlborough (521), Canterbury (2,493), South Canterbury (212), Southern (1,220), West Coast (60); Unknown (8).

Seven-day average of community cases: 18,650. New border-related cases: 25. Cases in hospital: 930. Cases in ICU/HDU: 23. Deaths: 10. Vaccination: 53.5 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 72.9 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

18 March

New community cases: 14,128 - 382 by PCR, 13,746 by RAT. Northland (536), Auckland (3,498), Waikato (1,333), Bay of Plenty (956), Lakes (416), Hawke’s Bay (841), MidCentral (599), Whanganui (205), Taranaki (470), Tairāwhiti (232), Wairarapa (164), Capital and Coast (906), Hutt Valley (549), Nelson Marlborough (416), Canterbury (1,937), South Canterbury (135), Southern (890), West Coast (39); Unknown (6).

Seven-day average of community cases: 17,673. New border-related cases: 18. Cases in hospital: 943. Cases in ICU/HDU: 25. Deaths: 5. Vaccination: 53.6 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 72.8 per cent (slight, unexplained reduction since yesterday) of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

Border change: From 11.59pm, unvaccinated New Zealand citizens and those eligible to travel to New Zealand do not need to enter MIQ or self-isolate. Minimum vaccination requirements will apply to non-New Zealand citizens, including permanent residents, unless they have an exemption. For details click here.

19 March

New community cases: 18,514 - 529 by PCR, 17,985 by RAT. Northland (643), Auckland (4,346), Waikato (1,729), Bay of Plenty (1,221), Lakes (541), Hawke’s Bay (1,108), MidCentral (847), Whanganui (273), Taranaki (601), Tairāwhiti (365), Wairarapa (260), Capital and Coast (1,237), Hutt Valley (697), Nelson Marlborough (457), Canterbury (2,694), South Canterbury (217), Southern (1,224), West Coast (42); Unknown (12).

Seven-day average of community cases: 17,641. New border-related cases: 45. Cases in hospital: 939. Cases in ICU/HDU: 24. Deaths: 10. Vaccination: 53.7 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 72.8 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

20 March

New community cases: 12,020 - 260 by PCR, 11,760 by RAT. Northland (416), Auckland (2,768), Waikato (1,093), Bay of Plenty (804), Lakes (330), Hawke’s Bay (676), MidCentral (540), Whanganui (169), Taranaki (373), Tairāwhiti (210), Wairarapa (146), Capital and Coast (795), Hutt Valley (443), Nelson Marlborough (308), Canterbury (1,897), South Canterbury (171), Southern (840), West Coast (22); Unknown (9).

Seven-day average of community cases: 17,278. New border-related cases: 26. Cases in hospital: 957. Cases in ICU/HDU: 26. Deaths: 9. Seven-day deaths average: 9. Vaccination: 53.6 per cent (slight, unexplained reduction since yesterday) of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 72.8 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

21 March

New community cases: 14,463 - 239 by PCR, 14,224 by RAT. Northland (422), Auckland (3,279), Waikato (1,401), Bay of Plenty (893), Lakes (457), Hawke’s Bay (796), MidCentral (657), Whanganui (209), Taranaki (473), Tairāwhiti (259), Wairarapa (222), Capital and Coast (951), Hutt Valley (583), Nelson Marlborough (404), Canterbury (2,267), South Canterbury (191), Southern (950), West Coast (39); Unknown (10).

Seven-day average of community cases: 17,124. New border-related cases: 32. Cases in hospital: 1000. Cases in ICU/HDU: 33. Deaths: 9. Seven-day deaths average: 10. Vaccination: 53.8 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 72.7 per cent (slightly less than yesterday - unexplained) of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

22 March

New community cases: 20,907 - 231 by PCR, 20,676 by RAT. Northland (802), Auckland (4,291), Waikato (1,882), Bay of Plenty (1,218), Lakes (594), Hawke’s Bay (1,243), MidCentral (954), Whanganui (399), Taranaki (636), Tairāwhiti (382), Wairarapa (323), Capital and Coast (1,377), Hutt Valley (808), Nelson Marlborough (683), Canterbury (3,488), South Canterbury (318), Southern (1,439), West Coast (50); Unknown (20).

Seven-day average of community cases: 17,020. New border-related cases: 34. Cases in hospital: 1016. Cases in ICU/HDU: 25. Deaths: 15. Seven-day deaths average: 10. Vaccination: 53.8 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 72.8 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

23 March

New community cases: 20,087 - 438 by PCR, 19,649 by RAT. Northland (727), Auckland (4,122), Waikato (1,726), Bay of Plenty (1,290), Lakes (505), Hawke’s Bay (1,064), MidCentral (919), Whanganui (388), Taranaki (679), Tairāwhiti (339), Wairarapa (276), Capital and Coast (1,259), Hutt Valley (720), Nelson Marlborough (584), Canterbury (3,468), South Canterbury (319), Southern (1,631), West Coast (56); Unknown (15).

Seven-day average of community cases: 17,111. New border-related cases: 43. Cases in hospital: 960. Cases in ICU/HDU: 31. Deaths: 11. Seven-day deaths average: 10. Vaccination: 53.8 per cent of children aged 5-11 have had one dose; 72.8 per cent of people eligible for a booster dose have received it.

Changes announced for public health measures. From 4 April, the vaccine pass will no longer be required by the Government for venues covered by the pass, but businesses can continue to require them if they wish. From 4 April, vaccination will no longer be mandatory in a number of occupations, but will remain mandatory in the health and disability, aged care, corrections and border workforces. From 11.59pm on 25 March, the red traffic light setting changes to there being no limit on the number of people permitted at outdoor gatherings, and the limit on the number indoors rises from 100 to 200 (passes required until 4 April in both cases). From 11.59pm on 25 March, the requirement to scan a QR code or sign in will be abolished.

24 March

New community cases: 18,423 - 402 by PCR, 18,021 by RAT. Northland (674), Auckland (3,629), Waikato (1,643), Bay of Plenty (987), Lakes (483), Hawke’s Bay (1,055), MidCentral (876), Whanganui (313), Taranaki (655), Tairāwhiti (326), Wairarapa (249), Capital and Coast (1,200), Hutt Valley (627), Nelson Marlborough (709), Canterbury (3,150), South Canterbury (319), Southern (1,459), West Coast (57); Unknown (12).

Seven-day average of community cases: 16,949 . New border-related cases: 44. Cases in hospital: 913. Cases in ICU/HDU: 28. Deaths: 11. Seven-day deaths average: 10.

25 March

New community cases: 15,871 - 360 by PCR, 15,511 by RAT. Northland (558), Auckland (2,982), Waikato (1,432), Bay of Plenty (1,024), Lakes (420), Hawke’s Bay (873), MidCentral (814), Whanganui (330), Taranaki (591), Tairāwhiti (224), Wairarapa (251), Capital and Coast (1,063), Hutt Valley (567), Nelson Marlborough (519), Canterbury (2,659), South Canterbury (251), Southern (1245), West Coast (59); Unknown (9).

Seven-day average of community cases: 17,197. New border-related cases: 44. Cases in hospital: 899 . Cases in ICU/HDU: 27. Deaths: 13. Seven-day deaths average: 11.

Rule changes from 11.59 tonight. The red traffic light setting, which currently applies throughout New Zealand, changes to there being no limit on the number of people permitted at outdoor gatherings, and the limit on the number indoors rises from 100 to 200 (passes required until 4 April in both cases). The requirement to scan a QR code or sign is abolished. The orange setting gets a new requirement for workers to wear masks at indoor events.

26 March

New community cases: 14,175. Northland (517), Auckland (2,652), Waikato (1,305), Bay of Plenty (878), Lakes (392), Hawke’s Bay (770), MidCentral (707), Whanganui (322), Taranaki (513), Tairāwhiti (196), Wairarapa (196), Capital and Coast (869), Hutt Valley (474), Nelson Marlborough (599), Canterbury (2,402), South Canterbury (215), Southern (1101), West Coast (52); Unknown (15).

Seven-day average of community cases: 16,943. New border-related cases: 37. Cases in hospital: 841. Cases in ICU/HDU: 27. Deaths: 20. Seven-day deaths average: 13.

27 March

New community cases: 10,239. Northland (382), Auckland (1,886), Waikato (913), Bay of Plenty (617), Lakes (308), Hawke’s Bay (541), MidCentral (493), Whanganui (223), Taranaki (431), Tairāwhiti (135), Wairarapa (105), Capital and Coast (692), Hutt Valley (349), Nelson Marlborough (405), Canterbury (1,750), South Canterbury (199), Southern (772), West Coast (36); Unknown (2).

Seven-day average of community cases: 16,325. New border-related cases: 33. Cases in hospital: 848. Cases in ICU/HDU: 28. Deaths: 4. Seven-day deaths average: 12.

28 March

New community cases: 12,882. Northland (445), Auckland (2,300), Waikato (1,215), Bay of Plenty (662), Lakes (360), Hawke’s Bay (701), MidCentral (728), Whanganui (291), Taranaki (544), Tairāwhiti (179), Wairarapa (176), Capital and Coast (918), Hutt Valley (498), Nelson Marlborough (506), Canterbury (2,119), South Canterbury (235), Southern (968), West Coast (32); Unknown (5).

Seven-day average of community cases: 16,102. New border-related cases: 52. Cases in hospital: 861. Cases in ICU/HDU: 21. Deaths: 11. Seven-day deaths average: 12.

29 March

New community cases: 17,148. Northland (730), Auckland (2,899), Waikato (1,566), Bay of Plenty (967), Lakes (479), Hawke’s Bay (1,015), MidCentral (910), Whanganui (447), Taranaki (706), Tairāwhiti (250), Wairarapa (210), Capital and Coast (1,035), Hutt Valley (617), Nelson Marlborough (690), Canterbury (2,816), South Canterbury (318), Southern (1,404), West Coast (79); Unknown (10).

Seven-day average of community cases: 15,565. New border-related cases: 44. Cases in hospital: 842. Cases in ICU/HDU: 26. Deaths: 34 (over the last 10 days but only recently notified). Seven-day deaths average: 15.

30 March

New community cases: 15,918. Northland (634), Auckland (2,691), Waikato (1,508), Bay of Plenty (987), Lakes (438), Hawke’s Bay (892), MidCentral (851), Whanganui (399), Taranaki (649), Tairāwhiti (183), Wairarapa (152), Capital and Coast (1,054), Hutt Valley (599), Nelson Marlborough (605), Canterbury (2,535), South Canterbury (293), Southern (1,386), West Coast (55); Unknown (7).

Seven-day average of community cases: 14,969. New border-related cases: 48. Cases in hospital: 817. Cases in ICU/HDU: 24. Deaths: 16 (over the last 6 days but only recently notified). Seven-day deaths average: 15.

31 March

New community cases: 15,250. Northland (662), Auckland (2,708), Waikato (1,352), Bay of Plenty (825), Lakes (348), Hawke’s Bay (917), MidCentral (812), Whanganui (360), Taranaki (608), Tairāwhiti (201), Wairarapa (146), Capital and Coast (1,009), Hutt Valley (587), Nelson Marlborough (729), Canterbury (2,379), South Canterbury (305), Southern (1,212), West Coast (77); Unknown (13).

Seven-day average of community cases: 14,515. New border-related cases: 39. Cases in hospital: 830. Cases in ICU/HDU: 28. Deaths: 22 (over the last 4 weeks). Seven-day deaths average: 17.

1 April

New community cases: 13,475. Northland (563), Auckland (2,386), Waikato (1,182), Bay of Plenty (688), Lakes (355), Hawke’s Bay (712), MidCentral (774), Whanganui (332), Taranaki (526), Tairāwhiti (172), Wairarapa (155), Capital and Coast (876), Hutt Valley (483), Nelson Marlborough (578), Canterbury (2,122), South Canterbury (267), Southern (1,243), West Coast (56); Unknown (5).

Seven-day average of community cases: 14,171. New border-related cases: 48. Cases in hospital: 764. Cases in ICU/HDU: 31. Deaths: 17 (over the last 7 days). Seven-day deaths average: 17.

2 April

New community cases: 11,593. Northland (527), Auckland (1,985), Waikato (1,027), Bay of Plenty (659), Lakes (287), Hawke’s Bay (590), MidCentral (664), Whanganui (319), Taranaki (428), Tairāwhiti (141), Wairarapa (109), Capital and Coast (748), Hutt Valley (438), Nelson Marlborough (483), Canterbury (1,869), South Canterbury (247), Southern (994), West Coast (71), Unknown (7).

Seven-day average of community cases: 13,804. New border-related cases: 41. Cases in hospital: 678. Cases in ICU/HDU: 30. Deaths: 23 (over the past 5 days). Seven-day deaths average: 18.

3 April

New community cases: 8,810. Northland (385), Auckland (1,555), Waikato (729), Bay of Plenty (414), Lakes (226), Hawke’s Bay (420), MidCentral (502), Whanganui (222), Taranaki (342), Tairāwhiti (102), Wairarapa (91), Capital and Coast (635), Hutt Valley (389), Nelson Marlborough (364), Canterbury (1,463), South Canterbury (172), Southern (735), West Coast (57), Unknown (7).

Seven-day average of community cases: 13,543. New border-related cases: 31. Cases in hospital: 690. Cases in ICU/HDU: 26. Deaths: 18 (over the past 5 days). Seven-day deaths average: 20.

4 April

New community cases: 10,205. Northland (407), Auckland (1,835), Waikato (878), Bay of Plenty (571), Lakes (267), Hawke’s Bay (454), MidCentral (531), Whanganui (249), Taranaki (357), Tairāwhiti (125), Wairarapa (92), Capital and Coast (745), Hutt Valley (390), Nelson Marlborough (398), Canterbury (1,664), South Canterbury (207), Southern (958), West Coast (76); Unknown (1).

Seven-day average of community cases: 13,218. New border-related cases: 33. Cases in hospital: 734. Cases in ICU/HDU: 25. Deaths: 9 (over the past 3 days). Seven-day deaths average: 20.

Vaccination law changes: From 11.59 tonight, the vaccine pass will no longer be required by venues covered by the pass, but businesses can continue to require them if they wish. Vaccination will no longer be mandatory in a number of occupations, but will remain mandatory in the health and disability, aged care, corrections and border workforces

5 April

New community cases: 14,120. Northland (713), Auckland (2,351), Waikato (1,217), Bay of Plenty (742), Lakes (365), Hawke’s Bay (693), MidCentral (773), Whanganui (337), Taranaki (556), Tairāwhiti (178), Wairarapa (128), Capital and Coast (902), Hutt Valley (489), Nelson Marlborough (577), Canterbury (2,225), South Canterbury (279), Southern (1,456), West Coast (127), Unknown (12).

Seven-day average of community cases: 12,785. New border-related cases: 48. Cases in hospital: 692. Cases in ICU/HDU: 30. Deaths: 23 (over the past 9 days). Seven-day deaths average: 18.

6 April

New community cases: 12,575. Northland (619), Auckland (2,147), Waikato (1,101), Bay of Plenty (604), Lakes (299), Hawke’s Bay (602), MidCentral (678), Whanganui (321), Taranaki (437), Tairāwhiti (128), Wairarapa (149), Capital and Coast (775), Hutt Valley (464), Nelson Marlborough (436), Canterbury (2,108), South Canterbury (249), Southern (1,368), West Coast (81), Unknown (9).

Seven-day average of community cases: 12,307. New border-related cases: 43. Cases in hospital: 654. Cases in ICU/HDU: 23. Deaths: 15 (over the previous 4 weeks). Seven-day deaths average: 18.

7 April

New community cases: 11,634. Northland (549), Auckland (2,179), Waikato (1,030), Bay of Plenty (553), Lakes (266), Hawke’s Bay (480), MidCentral (630), Whanganui (296), Taranaki (402), Tairāwhiti (149), Wairarapa (98), Capital and Coast (782), Hutt Valley (394), Nelson Marlborough (441), Canterbury (1,913), South Canterbury (224), Southern (1,157), West Coast (89), Unknown (2).

Seven-day average of community cases: 11,791. New border-related cases: 51. Cases in hospital: 639. Cases in ICU/HDU: 29. Deaths: 13 (over the past 10 days). Seven-day deaths average: 17.

8 April

New community cases: 9,906. Northland (492), Auckland (1,804), Waikato (833), Bay of Plenty (442), Lakes (217), Hawke’s Bay (434), MidCentral (531), Whanganui (257), Taranaki (317), Tairāwhiti (108), Wairarapa (91), Capital and Coast (670), Hutt Valley (331), Nelson Marlborough (374), Canterbury (1,628), South Canterbury (182), Southern (1,110), West Coast (82), Unknown (3).

Seven-day average of community cases: 11,281. New border-related cases: 69. Cases in hospital: 626. Cases in ICU/HDU: 17. Deaths: 10 (over the past 15 days). Seven-day deaths average: 16.

9 April

New community cases: 8,531. Northland (479), Auckland (1,456), Waikato (744), Bay of Plenty (408), Lakes (165), Hawke’s Bay (356), MidCentral (425), Whanganui (206), Taranaki (312), Tairāwhiti (80), Wairarapa (79), Capital and Coast (572), Hutt Valley (365), Nelson Marlborough (313), Canterbury (1,343), South Canterbury (162), Southern (991), West Coast (72), Unknown (3).

Seven-day average of community cases: 10,843. New border-related cases: 26. Cases in hospital: 635. Cases in ICU/HDU: 18. Deaths: 11 (over the past 14 days). Seven-day deaths average: 14.

10 April

New community cases: 6,718. Northland (344), Auckland (1,202), Waikato (514), Bay of Plenty (300), Lakes (112), Hawke’s Bay (268), MidCentral (334), Whanganui (152), Taranaki (215), Tairāwhiti (80), Wairarapa (84), Capital and Coast (458), Hutt Valley (249), Nelson Marlborough (228), Canterbury (1,170), South Canterbury (118), Southern (819), West Coast (65), Unknown (6).

Seven-day average of community cases: 10,543. New border-related cases: 31. Cases in hospital: 604. Cases in ICU/HDU: 22. Deaths: 12 (over the past 17 days). Seven-day deaths average: 13.

11 April

New community cases: 7,592. Northland (312), Auckland (1,378), Waikato (667), Bay of Plenty (309), Lakes (150), Hawke’s Bay (284), MidCentral (350), Whanganui (138), Taranaki (248), Tairāwhiti (69), Wairarapa (89), Capital and Coast (549), Hutt Valley (332), Nelson Marlborough (270), Canterbury (1,286), South Canterbury (153), Southern (937), West Coast (68), Unknown (3).

Seven-day average of community cases: 10,169. New border-related cases: 39. Cases in hospital: 640. Cases in ICU/HDU: 23. Deaths: 11 (over the past 12 days). Seven-day deaths average: 14.

12 April

New community cases: 11,063. Northland (559), Auckland (1,984), Waikato (965), Bay of Plenty (536), Lakes (214), Hawke’s Bay (474), MidCentral (534), Whanganui (225), Taranaki (370), Tairāwhiti (111), Wairarapa (137, Capital and Coast (683), Hutt Valley (355), Nelson Marlborough (404), Canterbury (1,813), South Canterbury (250), Southern (1,331), West Coast (108), Unknown (10).

Seven-day average of community cases: 9,731. New border-related cases: 47. Cases in hospital: 622. Cases in ICU/HDU: 23. Deaths: 16 (past 24 hours). Seven-day deaths average: 13.

Border change: From 11.59 tonight, fully vaccinated Australians can travel to New Zealand isolation-free. They must self-test on arrival.

13 April

New community cases: 9495. Northland (455), Auckland (1,828), Waikato (718), Bay of Plenty (421), Lakes (176), Hawke’s Bay (355), MidCentral (461), Whanganui (181), Taranaki (288), Tairāwhiti (84), Wairarapa (109), Capital and Coast (607), Hutt Valley (375), Nelson Marlborough (307), Canterbury (1,670), South Canterbury (208), Southern (1,148), West Coast (94), Unknown (10).

Seven-day average of community cases: 9288. New border-related cases: 47. Cases in hospital: 551. Cases in ICU/HDU: 27. Deaths: 15. Seven-day deaths average: 13.

Traffic light change: From red, to orange at 11.59 tonight. Indoor capacity limits and the seated and separated rule for hospitality venues both end.  Facemasks continue to be required in many indoor settings.

14 April

New community cases: 9563. Northland (476), Auckland (1,903), Waikato (744), Bay of Plenty (410), Lakes (185), Hawke’s Bay (357), MidCentral (415), Whanganui (202), Taranaki (314), Tairāwhiti (78), Wairarapa (107), Capital and Coast (650), Hutt Valley (382) Nelson Marlborough (329), Canterbury (1,617), South Canterbury (199), Southern (1,089), West Coast (103), Unknown (3).

Seven-day average of community cases: 8990. New border-related cases: 61. Cases in hospital: 519. Cases in ICU/HDU: 24. Deaths: 16. Seven-day deaths average: 13.

15 April

No Ministry of Health update

16 April (some data covering two days)

New community cases (two days): 13,511. Locations (two days): Northland (638), Auckland (2793), Waikato (1,079), Bay of Plenty (532), Lakes (266), Hawke’s Bay (460), MidCentral (556), Whanganui (244), Taranaki (429), Tairāwhiti (120), Wairarapa (121), Capital and Coast (822), Hutt Valley (522) Nelson Marlborough (451), Canterbury (2,255), South Canterbury (325), Southern (1,747), West Coast (137), Unknown (14).

Seven-day average of community cases: 8283. New border-related cases (two days): 125. Cases in hospital (one day): 500; and cases in ICU/HDU: 15. Deaths (two days): 30. Seven-day deaths average: 14.

17 April

New community cases: 5933. Northland (293), Waitemata (467), Auckland (414), Counties Manukau (363), Waikato (425), Bay of Plenty (245), Lakes (110), Hawke’s Bay (184), MidCentral (268), Whanganui (103), Taranaki (192), Tairāwhiti (29), Wairarapa (63), Capital and Coast (385), Hutt Valley (230), Nelson Marlborough (201), Canterbury (1,031), South Canterbury (154), Southern (706), West Coast (67), Unknown (3).

Seven-day average of community cases: 8170. New border-related cases: 52. Cases in hospital: 537. Cases in ICU/HDU: 20. Deaths: 10. Seven-day deaths average: 14.

18 April

New community cases: 6242. Northland (295), Waitemata (526), Auckland (453), Counties Manukau (396), Waikato (463), Bay of Plenty (264), Lakes (105), Hawke’s Bay (187), MidCentral (269), Whanganui (94), Taranaki (223), Tairāwhiti (53), Wairarapa (69), Capital and Coast (425), Hutt Valley (226), Nelson Marlborough (178), Canterbury (1,066), South Canterbury (136), Southern (746), West Coast (63), Unknown (5).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7986. New border-related cases: 41. Cases in hospital: 553. Cases in ICU/HDU: 23. Deaths: 11. Seven-day deaths average: 14.

Case classification change: New arrivals into the country who test positive within 7 days of arrival will be reported as a border case. Previously the period was 14 days.

19 April

New community cases: 8270. Northland (364), Waitemata (708), Auckland (597), Counties Manukau (537), Waikato (641), Bay of Plenty (360), Lakes (149), Hawke’s Bay (282), MidCentral (317), Whanganui (118), Taranaki (277), Tairāwhiti (61), Wairarapa (85), Capital and Coast (524), Hutt Valley (265), Nelson Marlborough (265), Canterbury (1,445), South Canterbury (190), Southern (989), West Coast (87), Unknown (9).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7585. New border-related cases: 38. Cases in hospital: 572. Cases in ICU/HDU: 19. Deaths: 5. Seven-day deaths average: 12.

20 April

New community cases: 11,217. Northland (528), Waitemata (948), Auckland (762), Counties Manukau (793), Waikato (819), Bay of Plenty (482), Lakes (208), Hawke’s Bay (365), MidCentral (456), Whanganui (186), Taranaki (354), Tairāwhiti (116), Wairarapa (98), Capital and Coast (698), Hutt Valley (359), Nelson Marlborough (341), Canterbury (1,855), South Canterbury (289), Southern (1,410), West Coast (142), Unknown (8).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7834. New border-related cases: 60. Cases in hospital: 547. Cases in ICU/HDU: 14. Deaths: 13. Seven-day deaths average: 12.

21 April

New community cases: 10,294. Northland (448), Auckland (2,274), Waikato (751), Bay of Plenty (424), Lakes (203), Hawke’s Bay (362), MidCentral (413), Whanganui (153), Taranaki (331), Tairāwhiti (93), Wairarapa (131), Capital and Coast (633), Hutt Valley (325), Nelson Marlborough (368), Canterbury (1,682), South Canterbury (241), Southern (1,346), West Coast (110), Unknown (6).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7935. New border-related cases: 66. Cases in hospital: 524. Cases in ICU/HDU: 14. Deaths: 18. Seven-day deaths average: 12.

22 April

New community cases: 9390. Northland (399), Auckland (2,241), Waikato (731), Bay of Plenty (340), Lakes (179), Hawke’s Bay (316), MidCentral (353), Whanganui (128), Taranaki (266), Tairāwhiti (108), Wairarapa (117), Capital and Coast (537), Hutt Valley (282), Nelson Marlborough (317), Canterbury (1,610), South Canterbury (224), Southern (1,116), West Coast (121), Unknown (5).

Seven-day average of community cases: 8166. New border-related cases: 56. Cases in hospital: 522. Cases in ICU/HDU: 15. Deaths: 13. Seven-day deaths average: 11.

23 April

New community cases: 7930 . Northland (275), Auckland (2,037), Waikato (548), Bay of Plenty (300), Lakes (163), Hawke’s Bay (253), MidCentral (321), Whanganui (123), Taranaki (263), Tairāwhiti (73), Wairarapa (83), Capital and Coast (459), Hutt Valley (240), Nelson Marlborough (294), Canterbury (1,306), South Canterbury (164), Southern (929), West Coast (93), Unknown (6).

Seven-day average of community cases: 8475. New border-related cases: 55. Cases in hospital: 494. Cases in ICU/HDU: 15. Deaths: 19. Seven-day deaths average: 13.

The Omicron XE variant has been detected in New Zealand for the first time, in a person who arrived in the country on 19 April and was tested the following day. The Ministry of Health says no changes to public health rules is necessary.

24 April

New community cases: 5662. Northland (203), Auckland (1,455), Waikato (365), Bay of Plenty (223), Lakes (85), Hawke’s Bay (187), MidCentral (196), Whanganui (68), Taranaki (152), Tairāwhiti (50), Wairarapa (53), Capital and Coast (355), Hutt Valley (191), Nelson Marlborough (224), Canterbury (978), South Canterbury (128), Southern (666), West Coast (81), Unknown (2).

Seven-day average of community cases: 8435. New border-related cases: 44. Cases in hospital: 490. Cases in ICU/HDU: 20. Deaths: 9. Seven-day deaths average: 13.

25 April

New community cases: 5690. Northland (174), Auckland region (1,467), Waikato (361), Bay of Plenty (199), Lakes (95), Hawke’s Bay (199), MidCentral (234), Whanganui (75), Taranaki (139), Tairāwhiti (56), Wairarapa (55), Capital and Coast (348), Hutt Valley (148), Nelson Marlborough (177), Canterbury (1,013), South Canterbury (112), Southern (766), West Coast (70), Unknown (2).

Seven-day average of community cases: 8355. New border-related cases: 57. Cases in hospital: 514. Cases in ICU/HDU: 18. Deaths: 10. Seven-day deaths average: 12.

26 April

New community cases: 6380 . Northland (212), Auckland (1,667), Waikato (395), Bay of Plenty (188), Lakes (113), Hawke’s Bay (168), MidCentral (222), Whanganui (71), Taranaki (184), Tairāwhiti (53), Wairarapa (77), Capital and Coast (387), Hutt Valley (203), Nelson Marlborough (233), Canterbury (1,099), South Canterbury (172), Southern (864), West Coast (71), Unknown (1).

Seven-day average of community cases: 8085. New border-related cases: 62. Cases in hospital: 508. Cases in ICU/HDU: 16. Deaths: 4. Seven-day deaths average: 12.

27 April

New community cases: 9830 . Northland (295), Auckland (2,442), Waikato (647), Bay of Plenty (335), Lakes (203), Hawke’s Bay (337), MidCentral (349), Whanganui (126), Taranaki (264), Tairāwhiti (110), Wairarapa (118), Capital and Coast (628), Hutt Valley (290), Nelson Marlborough (350), Canterbury (1,718), South Canterbury (222), Southern (1,281), West Coast (109), Unknown (6).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7884. New border-related cases: 74. Cases in hospital: 473. Cases in ICU/HDU: 17. Deaths: 23. Seven-day deaths average: 14.

28 April

New community cases: 9047. Northland (276), Auckland (2,519), Waikato (550), Bay of Plenty (335), Lakes (129), Hawke’s Bay (281), MidCentral (344), Whanganui (108), Taranaki (215), Tairāwhiti (137), Wairarapa (95), Capital and Coast (589), Hutt Valley (236), Nelson Marlborough (358), Canterbury (1,505), South Canterbury (185), Southern (1,065), West Coast (113), Unknown (7).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7705. New border-related cases: 80. Cases in hospital: 484. Cases in ICU/HDU: 15. Deaths: 13. Seven-day deaths average: 13.

29 April

New community cases: 8242. Northland (233), Auckland (2,446), Waikato (483), Bay of Plenty (265), Lakes (143), Hawke’s Bay (283), MidCentral (313), Whanganui (118), Taranaki (184), Tairāwhiti (68), Wairarapa (78), Capital and Coast (542), Hutt Valley (196), Nelson Marlborough (284), Canterbury (1,462), South Canterbury (150), Southern (888), West Coast (103), Unknown (3).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7540. New border-related cases: 74. Cases in hospital: 480. Cases in ICU/HDU: 15. Deaths: 14. Seven-day deaths average: 13.

30 April

New community cases: 7043. Northland (200), Auckland (1,989), Waikato (435), Bay of Plenty (266), Lakes (122), Hawke’s Bay (191), MidCentral (273), Whanganui (89), Taranaki (193), Tairāwhiti (75), Wairarapa (70), Capital and Coast (436), Hutt Valley (193), Nelson Marlborough (287), Canterbury (1,203), South Canterbury (152), Southern (782), West Coast (85), Unknown (2).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7415. New border-related cases: 76. Cases in hospital: 468. Cases in ICU/HDU: 15. Deaths: 7. Seven-day deaths average: 11.

1 May

New community cases: 5656. Northland (139), Auckland (1,676), Waikato (341), Bay of Plenty (175), Lakes (116), Hawke’s Bay (149), MidCentral (202), Whanganui (64), Taranaki (149), Tairāwhiti (99), Wairarapa (58), Capital and Coast (360), Hutt Valley (152), Nelson Marlborough (222), Canterbury (931), South Canterbury (118), Southern (625), West Coast (74), Unknown (6).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7414. New border-related cases: 62. Cases in hospital: 466. Cases in ICU/HDU: 16. Deaths: 6. Seven-day deaths average: 11.

The first known case of Omicron BA.4 variant has arrived in New Zealand, the Ministry of Health says. The person arrived from South Africa on 22 April and returned positive test results (RAT on 23 April and PCR on 24 April). The ministry says there is no evidence yet that BA.4 is more transmissible than other Omicron lineages, or causes more severe disease. Two other Omicron sub-variants, BA.2.12.1 and BA 2.12.2 were detected in arriving travellers for the first time on 11 and 15 April. Neither is a sub-variant of concern.

The Government and Air New Zealand will trial a new kind of COVID-19 test called loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP).

Border change: From 11.59pm, vaccinated travellers from visa-waiver countries such as the UK, US, Japan, Germany, Korea and Singapore, and those from other countries who have a valid visitor visa, will be able to travel to New Zealand isolation-free.

2 May

New community cases: 6636. Northland (141), Auckland (1,956), Waikato (423), Bay of Plenty (215), Lakes (105), Hawke’s Bay (167), MidCentral (266), Whanganui (68), Taranaki (206), Tairāwhiti (77), Wairarapa (71), Capital and Coast (419), Hutt Valley (179), Nelson Marlborough (275), Canterbury (1,120), South Canterbury (98), Southern (784), West Coast (63), Unknown (3).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7553. New border-related cases: 90. Cases in hospital: 480. Cases in ICU/HDU: 12. Deaths: 7. Seven-day deaths average: 11.

3 May

New community cases: 9109. Northland (266), Auckland (2,678), Waikato (547), Bay of Plenty (280), Lakes (167), Hawke’s Bay (283), MidCentral (365), Whanganui (121), Taranaki (249), Tairāwhiti (88), Wairarapa (89), Capital and Coast (437), Hutt Valley (433), Nelson Marlborough (332), Canterbury (1,586), South Canterbury (161), Southern (947), West Coast (78), Unknown (2).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7943. New border-related cases: 128. Cases in hospital: 481. Cases in ICU/HDU: 10. Deaths: 20. Seven-day deaths average: 13.

4 May

New community cases: 8454. Northland (222), Auckland (2,568), Waikato (501), Bay of Plenty (256), Lakes (142), Hawke’s Bay (278), MidCentral (308), Whanganui (102), Taranaki (245), Tairāwhiti (79), Wairarapa (112), Capital and Coast (614), Hutt Valley (231), Nelson Marlborough (281), Canterbury (1,418), South Canterbury (106), Southern (900), West Coast (85), Unknown (6).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7746. New border-related cases: 124. Cases in hospital: 481. Cases in ICU/HDU: 14. Deaths: 24. Seven-day deaths average: 13.

5 May

New community cases: 8609. Northland (207), Auckland (2,796), Waikato (543), Bay of Plenty (237), Lakes (135), Hawke’s Bay (229), MidCentral (347), Whanganui (104), Taranaki (239), Tairāwhiti (68), Wairarapa (88), Capital and Coast (575), Hutt Valley (242), Nelson Marlborough (323), Canterbury (1,379), South Canterbury (114), Southern (900), West Coast (76), Unknown (7).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7684. New border-related cases: 124. Cases in hospital: 386. Cases in ICU/HDU: 14. Deaths: 20. Seven-day deaths average: 14.

From today, a second oral anti-viral medicine for people with COVID-19, molnupiravir, is available in the community on prescription; and children aged 5 to 11 who are severely immunocompromised can receive a third primary dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

6 May

New community cases: 7347. Northland (234), Auckland (2,346), Waikato (443), Bay of Plenty (189), Lakes (106), Hawke’s Bay (212), MidCentral (272), Whanganui (83), Taranaki (226), Tairāwhiti (66), Wairarapa (100), Capital and Coast (482), Hutt Valley (185), Nelson Marlborough (254), Canterbury (1,261), South Canterbury (99), Southern (721), West Coast (64), Unknown (4).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7555. New border-related cases: 79. Cases in hospital: 363. Cases in ICU/HDU: 18. Deaths: 24. Seven-day deaths average: 15.

7 May

New community cases: 6745. Northland (174), Auckland (2,115), Waikato (394), Bay of Plenty (197), Lakes (113), Hawke’s Bay (208), MidCentral (260), Whanganui (80), Taranaki (156), Tairāwhiti (60), Wairarapa (84), Capital and Coast (461), Hutt Valley (195), Nelson Marlborough (233), Canterbury (1,177), South Canterbury (95), Southern (690), West Coast (52), Unknown (1).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7512. New border-related cases: 93. Cases in hospital: 339. Cases in ICU/HDU: 15. Deaths: 12. Seven-day deaths average: 16.

8 May

New community cases: 5647. Northland (129), Auckland (1,895), Waikato (353), Bay of Plenty (143), Lakes (77), Hawke’s Bay (176), MidCentral (184), Whanganui (69), Taranaki (131), Tairāwhiti (30), Wairarapa (67), Capital and Coast (424), Hutt Valley (206), Nelson Marlborough (189), Canterbury (914), South Canterbury (83), Southern (523), West Coast (51), Unknown (3)..

Seven-day average of community cases: 7510. New border-related cases: 73. Cases in hospital: 350. Cases in ICU/HDU: 17. Deaths: 3. Seven-day deaths average: 16.

A traveller who arrived from South Africa has been confirmed as having the BA.5 variant of Omicron, the the first known detection of the variant in New Zealand.

9 May

New community cases: 6407. Northland (146), Auckland (2,066), Waikato (441), Bay of Plenty (195), Lakes (106), Hawke’s Bay (186), MidCentral (225), Whanganui (54), Taranaki (143), Tairāwhiti (36), Wairarapa (63), Capital and Coast (496), Hutt Valley (177), Nelson Marlborough (224), Canterbury (1,033), South Canterbury (96), Southern (654), West Coast (62), Unknown (4).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7479. New border-related cases: 57. Cases in hospital: 368. Cases in ICU/HDU: 18. Deaths: 2. Seven-day deaths average: 15.

10 May

New community cases: 9173. Northland (265), Auckland (2,945), Waikato (625), Bay of Plenty (254), Lakes (175), Hawke’s Bay (274), MidCentral (348), Whanganui (97), Taranaki (255), Tairāwhiti (75), Wairarapa (105), Capital and Coast (600), Hutt Valley (264), Nelson Marlborough (339), Canterbury (1,397), South Canterbury (164), Southern (889), West Coast (98), Unknown (4).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7927. New border-related cases: 78. Cases in hospital: 385. Cases in ICU/HDU: 13. Deaths: 14. Seven-day deaths average: 14.

11 May

New community cases: 7970. Northland (252), Auckland (2,633), Waikato (594), Bay of Plenty (254), Lakes (151), Hawke’s Bay (256), MidCentral (261), Whanganui (95), Taranaki (209), Tairāwhiti (75), Wairarapa (87), Capital and Coast (498), Hutt Valley (190), Nelson Marlborough (282), Canterbury (1,172), South Canterbury (152), Southern (744), West Coast (62), Unknown (3).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7420. New border-related cases: 77. Cases in hospital: 381. Cases in ICU/HDU: 10. Deaths: 28. Seven-day deaths average: 15.

Border changes: The border will fully open two months earlier than previously planned, at 11:59pm on 31 July, the Government says.

12 May

New community cases: 9392. Northland (243), Auckland (3,388), Waikato (664), Bay of Plenty (261), Lakes (144), Hawke’s Bay (269), MidCentral (289), Whanganui (89), Taranaki (232), Tairāwhiti (84), Wairarapa (96), Capital and Coast (635), Hutt Valley (213), Nelson Marlborough (272), Canterbury (1,364), South Canterbury (138), Southern (920), West Coast (83), Unknown (8).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7533. New border-related cases: 84. Cases in hospital: 398. Cases in ICU/HDU: 7. Deaths: 9. Seven-day deaths average: 13.

13 May

New community cases: 7441. Northland (224), Auckland (2,503), Waikato (531), Bay of Plenty (220), Lakes (105), Hawke’s Bay (218), MidCentral (240), Whanganui (56), Taranaki (202), Tairāwhiti (61), Wairarapa (100), Capital and Coast (457), Hutt Valley (182), Nelson Marlborough (252), Canterbury (1,110), South Canterbury (154), Southern (742), West Coast (80), Unknown (4).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7548. New border-related cases: 78. Cases in hospital: 398. Cases in ICU/HDU: 6. Deaths: 29. Seven-day deaths average: 14.

Vaccine passes: From 24 May, an updated My Vaccine Pass will available to download for people aged 12 and over who are up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations. Booster shots will be included for those aged 18 and over.

14 May

New community cases: 7068. Northland (202), Auckland (2,409), Waikato (507), Bay of Plenty (200), Lakes (120), Hawke’s Bay (219), MidCentral (237), Whanganui (55), Taranaki (198), Tairāwhiti (57), Wairarapa (75), Capital and Coast (459), Hutt Valley (228), Nelson Marlborough (209), Canterbury (1,096), South Canterbury (105), Southern (619), West Coast (69), Unknown (4).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7595. New border-related cases: 62. Cases in hospital: 398. Cases in ICU/HDU: 8. Deaths: 18. Seven-day deaths average: 15.

The Beehive announced prime minister Jacinda Ardern tested positive today. Her symptoms, now moderate, began yesterday and she has been in isolation since 8 May when her partner, Clarke Gayford, tested positive.

15 May

New community cases: 5745. Northland (152), Auckland (1,925), Waikato (459), Bay of Plenty (157), Lakes (91), Hawke’s Bay (196), MidCentral (177), Whanganui (59), Taranaki (152), Tairāwhiti (57), Wairarapa (51), Capital and Coast (414), Hutt Valley (192), Nelson Marlborough (182), Canterbury (863), South Canterbury (83), Southern (480), West Coast (49), Unknown (6).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7608. New border-related cases: 74. Cases in hospital: 384. Cases in ICU/HDU: 8. Deaths: 15. Seven-day deaths average: 16.

16 May

New community cases: 7061. Northland (205), Auckland (2,413), Waikato (551), Bay of Plenty (249), Lakes (121), Hawke’s Bay (216), MidCentral (234), Whanganui (93), Taranaki (194), Tairāwhiti (57), Wairarapa (74), Capital and Coast (509), Hutt Valley (177), Nelson Marlborough (223), Canterbury (1,005), South Canterbury (117), Southern (568), West Coast (52), Unknown (3).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7701. New "imported" cases, formerly called border-related cases: 47. Cases in hospital: 415. Cases in ICU/HDU: 11. Deaths: 5. Seven-day deaths average: 17.

17 May

New community cases: 9843. Northland (288), Auckland (3,442), Waikato (792), Bay of Plenty (342), Lakes (185), Hawke’s Bay (361), MidCentral (339), Whanganui (105), Taranaki (291), Tairāwhiti (90), Wairarapa (87), Capital and Coast (600), Hutt Valley (249), Nelson Marlborough (320), Canterbury (1,305), South Canterbury (177), Southern (781), West Coast (83), Unknown (6).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7795. New imported cases: 63. Cases in hospital: 421. Cases in ICU/HDU: 10. Deaths: 8. Seven-day deaths average: 16.

Workers subject to the Vaccinations Order who test positive for COVID-19 for the first time can now get a temporary medical exemption from getting a booster dose.
 

18 May

New community cases: 9570. Northland (273), Auckland (3,297), Waikato (742), Bay of Plenty (307), Lakes (173), Hawke’s Bay (304), MidCentral (318), Whanganui (124), Taranaki (283), Tairāwhiti (82), Wairarapa (91), Capital and Coast (642), Hutt Valley (241), Nelson Marlborough (314), Canterbury (1,368), South Canterbury (155), Southern (737), West Coast (112), Unknown (7).

Seven-day average of community cases: 8024. New imported cases: 91. Cases in hospital: 425. Cases in ICU/HDU: 9. Deaths: 32. Seven-day deaths average: 17.

19 May

New community cases: 9091. Northland (260), Auckland (3,233), Waikato (696), Bay of Plenty (291), Lakes (175), Hawke’s Bay (303), MidCentral (281), Whanganui (124), Taranaki (265), Tairāwhiti (82), Wairarapa (83), Capital and Coast (595), Hutt Valley (250), Nelson Marlborough (265), Canterbury (1,317), South Canterbury (130), Southern (637), West Coast (103), Unknown (1).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7981. New imported cases: 90. Cases in hospital: 411. Cases in ICU/HDU: 12. Deaths: 5. Seven-day deaths average: 16.

20 May

New community cases: 7800. Northland (211), Auckland (2,755), Waikato (531), Bay of Plenty (270), Lakes (123), Hawke’s Bay (270), MidCentral (237), Whanganui (76), Taranaki (231), Tairāwhiti (58), Wairarapa (61), Capital and Coast (530), Hutt Valley (224), Nelson Marlborough (264), Canterbury (1,165), South Canterbury (116), Southern (591), West Coast (84), Unknown (3).

Seven-day average of community cases: 8032. New imported cases: 99. Cases in hospital: 401. Cases in ICU/HDU: 14. Deaths: 17. Seven-day deaths average: 14.

21 May

New community cases: 6635. Northland (194), Auckland (2,222), Waikato (527), Bay of Plenty (205), Lakes (121), Hawke’s Bay (255), MidCentral (190), Whanganui (94), Taranaki (172), Tairāwhiti (57), Wairarapa (67), Capital and Coast (466), Hutt Valley (177), Nelson Marlborough (206), Canterbury (985), South Canterbury (106), Southern (519), West Coast (67), Unknown (5).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7972. New imported cases: 85. Cases in hospital: 400. Cases in ICU/HDU: 12. Deaths: 6. Seven-day deaths average: 13.

22 May

New community cases: 4990. Northland (140), Auckland (1,693), Waikato (353), Bay of Plenty (165), Lakes (88), Hawke’s Bay (166), MidCentral (182), Whanganui (62), Taranaki (137), Tairāwhiti (27), Wairarapa (58), Capital and Coast (351), Hutt Valley (134), Nelson Marlborough (165), Canterbury (799), South Canterbury (84), Southern (344), West Coast (36), Unknown (6).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7863. New imported cases: 60. Cases in hospital: 379. Cases in ICU/HDU: 9. Deaths: 10. Seven-day deaths average: 12.

23 May

New community cases: 6000. Northland (158), Auckland (2,053), Waikato (463), Bay of Plenty (206), Lakes (77), Hawke’s Bay (163), MidCentral (196), Whanganui (85), Taranaki (179), Tairāwhiti (27), Wairarapa (45), Capital and Coast (444), Hutt Valley (181), Nelson Marlborough (230), Canterbury (878), South Canterbury (90), Southern (461), West Coast (62), Unknown (2).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7712. New imported cases: 58. Cases in hospital: 363. Cases in ICU/HDU: 14. Deaths: 9. Seven-day deaths average: 12.

24 May

New community cases: 8435. Northland (270), Auckland (2,807), Waikato (635), Bay of Plenty (274), Lakes (149), Hawke’s Bay (268), MidCentral (257), Whanganui (93), Taranaki (252), Tairāwhiti (59), Wairarapa (85), Capital and Coast (609), Hutt Valley (217), Nelson Marlborough (326), Canterbury (1,255), South Canterbury (139), Southern (659), West Coast (79), Unknown (2).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7507. New imported cases: 65. Cases in hospital: 327. Cases in ICU/HDU: 10. Deaths: 15. Seven-day deaths average: 13.

The Government has decided New Zealand will remain at orange in the COVID-19 Protection Framework, with its modelling indicating another outbreak wave is likely. The next reivew is due in late June.

25 May

New community cases: 8150. Northland (237), Auckland (2,617), Waikato (602), Bay of Plenty (270), Lakes (137), Hawke’s Bay (217), MidCentral (247), Whanganui (78), Taranaki (249), Tairāwhiti (46), Wairarapa (85), Capital and Coast (632), Hutt Valley (221), Nelson Marlborough (356), Canterbury (1,284), South Canterbury (165), Southern (617), West Coast (87), Unknown (3).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7308. New imported cases: 78. Cases in hospital: 368. Cases in ICU/HDU: 11. Deaths: 11. Seven-day deaths average: 10.

New Zealand's first community case - without a clear link to the border - of the Omicron subvariant BA.2.12.1 was reported in Hawke’s Bay today from a test result returned on 10 May. This Omicron subvariant has been detected at the border for many weeks, with 29 cases reported since April.

26 May

New community cases: 7591. Northland (220), Auckland (2,520), Waikato (566), Bay of Plenty (221), Lakes (122), Hawke’s Bay (211), MidCentral (258), Whanganui (91), Taranaki (250), Tairāwhiti (52), Wairarapa (77), Capital and Coast (538), Hutt Valley (220), Nelson Marlborough (308), Canterbury (1,110), South Canterbury (136), Southern (589), West Coast (95), Unknown (7).

Seven-day average of community cases: 7095. New imported cases: 69. Cases in hospital: 355. Cases in ICU/HDU: 12. Deaths: 16. Seven-day deaths average: 12.

27 May

New community cases: 6862. Northland (234), Auckland (2,292), Waikato (505), Bay of Plenty (193), Lakes (104), Hawke’s Bay (155), MidCentral (214), Whanganui (79), Taranaki (198), Tairāwhiti (30), Wairarapa (57), Capital and Coast (543), Hutt Valley (203), Nelson Marlborough (283), Canterbury (1,078), South Canterbury (148), Southern (484), West Coast (60), Unknown (2).

Seven-day average of community cases: 6960. New imported cases: 90. Cases in hospital: 350. Cases in ICU/HDU: 10. Deaths: 25. Seven-day deaths average: 13.

The director-general of Health Ashley Bloomfield has tested positive for while attending the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. His symptoms are mild.

People who are at high risk of getting very sick from a COVID-19 infection will soon - from July for most - be eligible to receive a second vaccine booster shot, the Health Ministry says.

28 May

New community cases: 6369. Northland (166), Auckland (2,068), Waikato (480), Bay of Plenty (160), Lakes (125), Hawke’s Bay (173), MidCentral (199), Whanganui (74), Taranaki (215), Tairāwhiti (32), Wairarapa (59), Capital and Coast (512), Hutt Valley (193), Nelson Marlborough (269), Canterbury (981), South Canterbury (135), Southern (452), West Coast (70), Unknown (6).

Seven-day average of community cases: 6924. New imported cases: 55. Cases in hospital: 362. Cases in ICU/HDU: 6. Deaths: 13. Seven-day deaths average: 14.

29 May

New community cases: 4841. Northland (157), Auckland (1,582), Waikato (342), Bay of Plenty (124), Lakes (80), Hawke’s Bay (130), MidCentral (156), Whanganui (37), Taranaki (128), Tairāwhiti (25), Wairarapa (49), Capital and Coast (405), Hutt Valley (173), Nelson Marlborough (208), Canterbury (771), South Canterbury (105), Southern (300), West Coast (67), Unknown (2).

Seven-day average of community cases: 6904. New imported cases: 43. Cases in hospital: 383. Cases in ICU/HDU: 9. Deaths: 9. Seven-day deaths average: 14.

30 May

New community cases: 5836. Northland (134), Auckland (1,923), Waikato (428), Bay of Plenty (192), Lakes (95), Hawke’s Bay (133), MidCentral (190), Whanganui (51), Taranaki (160), Tairāwhiti (33), Wairarapa (46), Capital and Coast (525), Hutt Valley (217), Nelson Marlborough (258), Canterbury (910), South Canterbury (93), Southern (365), West Coast (83), Unknown (0).

Seven-day average of community cases: 6881. New imported cases: 52. Cases in hospital: 403. Cases in ICU/HDU: 10. Deaths: 5. Seven-day deaths average: 13.

31 May

New community cases: 8436. Northland (247), Auckland (2,746), Waikato (679), Bay of Plenty (240), Lakes (115), Hawke’s Bay (231), MidCentral (274), Whanganui (84), Taranaki (243), Tairāwhiti (58), Wairarapa (63), Capital and Coast (682), Hutt Valley (242), Nelson Marlborough (367), Canterbury (1,285), South Canterbury (176), Southern (597), West Coast (105), Unknown (2).

Seven-day average of community cases: 6885. New imported cases: 79. Cases in hospital: 389. Cases in ICU/HDU: 9. Deaths: 18. Seven-day deaths average: 14.

Access to treatment for COVID-19 in the community has been widened, with dedicated pharmacists prescribers now able to prescribe antiviral medicines.

1 June

New community cases: 8182. Northland (223), Auckland (2,534), Waikato (623), Bay of Plenty (245), Lakes (99), Hawke’s Bay (208), MidCentral (335), Whanganui (105), Taranaki (234), Tairāwhiti (45), Wairarapa (60), Capital and Coast (716), Hutt Valley (286), Nelson Marlborough (334), Canterbury (1,322), South Canterbury (146), Southern (592), West Coast (69), Unknown (6).

Seven-day average of community cases: 6893. New imported cases: 89. Cases in hospital: 373. Cases in ICU/HDU: 8. Deaths: 13. Seven-day deaths average: 14.

2 June

New community cases: 7870. Northland (197), Auckland (2,456), Waikato (615), Bay of Plenty (237), Lakes (107), Hawke’s Bay (232), MidCentral (296), Whanganui (95), Taranaki (204), Tairāwhiti (49), Wairarapa (59), Capital and Coast (680), Hutt Valley (247), Nelson Marlborough (332), Canterbury (1,225), South Canterbury (132), Southern (617), West Coast (86), Unknown (4).

Seven-day average of community cases: 6937. New imported cases: 95. Cases in hospital: 393. Cases in ICU/HDU: 8. Deaths: 13. Seven-day deaths average: 14.

3 June

New community cases: 6232. Northland (161), Auckland (1,907), Waikato (443), Bay of Plenty (196), Lakes (77), Hawke’s Bay (189), MidCentral (227), Whanganui (73), Taranaki (177), Tairāwhiti (45), Wairarapa (55), Capital and Coast (556), Hutt Valley (237), Nelson Marlborough (239), Canterbury (1,007), South Canterbury (99), Southern (467), West Coast (73), Unknown (4).

Seven-day average of community cases: 6850. New imported cases: 69. Cases in hospital: 390. Cases in ICU/HDU: 8. Deaths: 14. Seven-day deaths average: 12.

The first community cases of Omicron subvariant BA.4 and BA.5 with no clear link to the border were reported today. The Ministry of Health says there is some clinical data to suggest BA.4 and BA.5 are more transmissible than BA.2, but no data suggesting they cause more severe illness. BA.2 is the dominant subvariant in New Zealand. 

4 June

New community cases: 6291. Northland (178), Auckland (1,864), Waikato (508), Bay of Plenty (193), Lakes (83), Hawke’s Bay (195), MidCentral (214), Whanganui (89), Taranaki (167), Tairāwhiti (35), Wairarapa (45), Capital and Coast (540), Hutt Valley (246), Nelson Marlborough (275), Canterbury (1,012), South Canterbury (118), Southern (461), West Coast (67), Unknown (1).

Seven-day average of community cases: 6841. New imported cases: 83. Cases in hospital: 369. Cases in ICU/HDU: 8. Deaths: 11. Seven-day deaths average: 12.

5 June

New community cases: 4400. Northland (104), Auckland (1,325), Waikato (352), Bay of Plenty (131), Lakes (59), Hawke’s Bay (132), MidCentral (146), Whanganui (54), Taranaki (104), Tairāwhiti (19), Wairarapa (38), Capital and Coast (429), Hutt Valley (185), Nelson Marlborough (161), Canterbury (676), South Canterbury (73), Southern (367), West Coast (43), Unknown (2).

Seven-day average of community cases: 6779. New imported cases: 83. Cases in hospital: 371. Cases in ICU/HDU: 6. Deaths: 8. Seven-day deaths average: 12.

6 and 7 June

New community cases: 10,191 (two days). Northland (248), Auckland (2,997), Waikato (747), Bay of Plenty (343), Lakes (152), Hawke’s Bay (266), MidCentral (367), Whanganui (147), Taranaki (257), Tairāwhiti (51), Wairarapa (80), Capital and Coast (990), Hutt Valley (399), Nelson Marlborough (401), Canterbury (1,704), South Canterbury (144), Southern (770), West Coast (126), Unknown (2).

Seven-day average of community cases: 6202. New imported cases: 111 (two days). Cases in hospital: 371. Cases in ICU/HDU: 9. Deaths: 14 (two days). Seven-day deaths average: 10.

8 June

New community cases: 7050. Northland (209), Auckland (1,962), Waikato (508), Bay of Plenty (271), Lakes (116), Hawke’s Bay (201), MidCentral (314), Whanganui (106), Taranaki (204), Tairāwhiti (30), Wairarapa (64), Capital and Coast (620), Hutt Valley (325), Nelson Marlborough (280), Canterbury (1,075), South Canterbury (93), Southern (587), West Coast (82), Unknown (3).

Seven-day average of community cases: 6035. New imported cases: 70. Cases in hospital: 361. Cases in ICU/HDU: 14. Deaths: 24. Seven-day deaths average: 12.

9 June

New community cases: 7927. Northland (165), Auckland (2,239), Waikato (558), Bay of Plenty (261), Lakes (96), Hawke’s Bay (273), MidCentral (319), Whanganui (125), Taranaki (223), Tairāwhiti (45), Wairarapa (58), Capital and Coast (877), Hutt Valley (372), Nelson Marlborough (337), Canterbury (1,177), South Canterbury (132), Southern (594), West Coast (73), Unknown (3).

Seven-day average of community cases: 6035. New imported cases: 96. Cases in hospital: 393. Cases in ICU/HDU: 12. Deaths: 27. Seven-day deaths average: 14.

10 June

New community cases: 6927. Northland (154), Auckland (1,982), Waikato (468), Bay of Plenty (213), Lakes (98), Hawke’s Bay (168), MidCentral (273), Whanganui (82), Taranaki (178), Tairāwhiti (37), Wairarapa (53), Capital and Coast (623), Hutt Valley (298), Nelson Marlborough (252), Canterbury (935), South Canterbury (83), Southern (498), West Coast (57), Unknown (5).

Seven-day average of community cases: 6075. New imported cases: 86. Cases in hospital: 361. Cases in ICU/HDU: 9. Deaths: 10. Seven-day deaths average: 13.

11 June

New community cases: 5130. Northland (132), Auckland (1,430), Waikato (351), Bay of Plenty (207), Lakes (70), Hawke’s Bay (153), MidCentral (250), Whanganui (64), Taranaki (164), Tairāwhiti (19), Wairarapa (45), Capital and Coast (506), Hutt Valley (237), Nelson Marlborough (184), Canterbury (766), South Canterbury (84), Southern (410), West Coast (56), Unknown (2).

Seven-day average of community cases: 5914. New imported cases: 72. Cases in hospital: 332. Cases in ICU/HDU: 4. Deaths: 18. Seven-day deaths average: 13.

12 June

New community cases: 4402. Northland (91), Auckland (1,302), Waikato (299), Bay of Plenty (141), Lakes (62), Hawke’s Bay (148), MidCentral (161), Whanganui (56), Taranaki (121), Tairāwhiti (16), Wairarapa (37), Capital and Coast (430), Hutt Valley (203), Nelson Marlborough (161), Canterbury (678), South Canterbury (78), Southern (369), West Coast (47), Unknown (2).

Seven-day average of community cases: 5919. New imported cases: 72. Cases in hospital: 354. Cases in ICU/HDU: 8. Deaths: 9. Seven-day deaths average: 13.

13 June

New community cases: 4413. Northland (101), Auckland (1,312), Waikato (313), Bay of Plenty (158), Lakes (68), Hawke’s Bay (135), MidCentral (183), Whanganui (68), Taranaki (117), Tairāwhiti (17), Wairarapa (39), Capital and Coast (396), Hutt Valley (189), Nelson Marlborough (180), Canterbury (678), South Canterbury (49), Southern (353), West Coast (54), Unknown (3).

Seven-day average of community cases: 5921. New imported cases: 68. Cases in hospital: 352. Cases in ICU/HDU: 9. Deaths: 5. Seven-day deaths average: 13.

14 June

New community cases: 6133. Northland (191), Auckland (1,800), Waikato (406), Bay of Plenty (240), Lakes (90), Hawke’s Bay (186), MidCentral (233), Whanganui (72), Taranaki (179), Tairāwhiti (42), Wairarapa (77), Capital and Coast (510), Hutt Valley (261), Nelson Marlborough (243), Canterbury (904), South Canterbury (92), Southern (551), West Coast (54), Unknown (2).

Seven-day average of community cases: 5983. New imported cases: 82. Cases in hospital: 377. Cases in ICU/HDU: 7. Deaths: 23. Seven-day deaths average: 15.

15 June

New community cases: 5554. Northland (138), Auckland (1,659), Waikato (372), Bay of Plenty (194), Lakes (76), Hawke’s Bay (179), MidCentral (223), Whanganui (54), Taranaki (188), Tairāwhiti (46), Wairarapa (71), Capital and Coast (506), Hutt Valley (219), Nelson Marlborough (227), Canterbury (839), South Canterbury (76), Southern (442), West Coast (40), Unknown (5).

Seven-day average of community cases: 5777. New imported cases: 70. Cases in hospital: 368. Cases in ICU/HDU: 7. Deaths: 11. Seven-day deaths average: 13.

16 June

New community cases: 5435. Northland (138), Auckland (1,659), Waikato (372), Bay of Plenty (194), Lakes (76), Hawke’s Bay (179), MidCentral (223), Whanganui (54), Taranaki (188), Tairāwhiti (46), Wairarapa (71), Capital and Coast (506), Hutt Valley (219), Nelson Marlborough (227), Canterbury (839), South Canterbury (76), Southern (442), West Coast (40), Unknown (5).

Seven-day average of community cases: 5451. New imported cases: 107. Cases in hospital: 377. Cases in ICU/HDU: 6. Deaths: 15. Seven-day deaths average: 12.

Travel rule change: Pre-departure testing will no longer be required for travellers to New Zealand from 11.59pm on 20 June. The introduction of this change is earlier than the Government's previously planned date of 31 July. Travellers will still be required to self-test on day zero or one, and on day five or six.

17 June

New community cases: 4869. Northland (123), Auckland (1,478), Waikato (335), Bay of Plenty (184), Lakes (77), Hawke’s Bay (135), MidCentral (166), Whanganui (45), Taranaki (172), Tairāwhiti (33), Wairarapa (42), Capital and Coast (400), Hutt Valley (203), Nelson Marlborough (218), Canterbury (739), South Canterbury (59), Southern (427), West Coast (32), Unknown (1).

Seven-day average of community cases: 5247. New imported cases: 64. Cases in hospital: 370. Cases in ICU/HDU: 9. Deaths: 16. Seven-day deaths average: 12.

Testing order to be lifted: Border workers will no longer be required to undergo COVID-19 testing from 11.59pm on 30 June.

18 June

New community cases: 4404. Location of new community cases (PCR & RAT): Northland (126), Auckland (1,318), Waikato (287), Bay of Plenty (177), Lakes (72), Hawke’s Bay (101), MidCentral (155), Whanganui (42), Taranaki (123), Tairāwhiti (46), Wairarapa (42), Capital and Coast (396), Hutt Valley (172), Nelson Marlborough (191), Canterbury (654), South Canterbury (60), Southern (411), West Coast (30), Unknown (1).

Seven-day average of community cases: 5154. New imported cases: 50. Cases in hospital: 356. Cases in ICU/HDU: 3. Deaths: 11. Seven-day deaths average: 13.

19 June

New community cases: 3235. Location of new community cases (PCR & RAT): Northland (68), Auckland (991), Waikato (192), Bay of Plenty (100), Lakes (58), Hawke’s Bay (92), MidCentral (98), Whanganui (41), Taranaki (88), Tairāwhiti (18), Wairarapa (35), Capital and Coast (302), Hutt Valley (151), Nelson Marlborough (152), Canterbury (503), South Canterbury (40), Southern (282), West Coast (19), Unknown (5).

Seven-day average of community cases: 4991. New imported cases: 42. Cases in hospital: 356. Cases in ICU/HDU: 5. Deaths: 5. Seven-day deaths average: 12.

20 June

New community cases: 4024. Northland (91), Auckland (1,250), Waikato (257), Bay of Plenty (157), Lakes (46), Hawke’s Bay (114), MidCentral (113), Whanganui (50), Taranaki (112), Tairāwhiti (22), Wairarapa (47), Capital and Coast (388), Hutt Valley (190), Nelson Marlborough (168), Canterbury (594), South Canterbury (60), Southern (336), West Coast (28), Unknown (1).

Seven-day average of community cases: 4939. New imported cases: 53. Cases in hospital: 391. Cases in ICU/HDU: 3. Deaths: 9. Seven-day deaths average: 13.

21 June

New community cases: 5630. Northland (167), Auckland (1,663), Waikato (352), Bay of Plenty (182), Lakes (73), Hawke’s Bay (179), MidCentral (176), Whanganui (58), Taranaki (173), Tairāwhiti (42), Wairarapa (57), Capital and Coast (493), Hutt Valley (224), Nelson Marlborough (240), Canterbury (941), South Canterbury (70), Southern (493), West Coast (45), Unknown (2).

Seven-day average of community cases: 4878. New imported cases: 65. Cases in hospital: 362. Cases in ICU/HDU: 4. Deaths: 17. Seven-day deaths average: 12.

22 June

New community cases: 5499. Northland (144), Auckland (1,637), Waikato (335), Bay of Plenty (166), Lakes (81), Hawke’s Bay (150), MidCentral (129), Whanganui (53), Taranaki (144), Tairāwhiti (54), Wairarapa (56), Capital and Coast (559), Hutt Valley (252), Nelson Marlborough (258), Canterbury (896), South Canterbury (85), Southern (446), West Coast (50), Unknown (4).

Seven-day average of community cases: 4873. New imported cases: 78. Cases in hospital: 334. Cases in ICU/HDU: 4. Deaths: 18. Seven-day deaths average: 13.