There have been 190 new community cases reported in New Zealand today, with 182 in Auckland, seven in Waikato and one in Northland.

Nurses in the Far North Vaccinating during the lockdownPhoto: RNZ / Angus Dreaver


There was no media conference today. In a statement, the Ministry of Health said 110 of today’s cases are yet to be linked.

There are 81 people in hospital today.

Yesterday saw 113 new cases of Covid-19 while Saturday was a record high of 206 cases.

Cabinet is meeting today and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will have a press conference at 4pm to announce future changes on Auckland and Northland’s alert levels. Auckland is in its 83rd day of level 4 or level 3 lockdown.

Last week, Cabinet agreed in principle to let Auckland move to alert level 3, step 2, from 11.59pm tomorrow night.

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There were 14,280 vaccine doses administered yesterday, including 3272 first doses and 11,008 second doses.

Last night all three Auckland DHBs were confirmed to have hit the 90 percent first vaccination dose milestone.

New Zealand as a whole will move on to the traffic light system,once every region reaches 90 percent double vaccination.

The system offers more freedoms than at alert level 3 and eliminates almost all lockdowns.