There are 79 new community cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand today.

Coronavirus particles, illustration. Different strains of coronavirus are responsible for diseases such as the common cold, gastroenteritis and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). The new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (previously 2019-CoV) emerged in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Photo: NOBEASTSOFIERCE/Science Photo Library via AFP


Of the new 75 are in Auckland and four are in Waikato. Of these cases 46 are linked, including 24 household contacts, and 33 remain unlinked.

There is also one new case at the border.

There was no 1pm conference today, and the Ministry of Health released information in a statement. There will be a 4pm press conference today.

There are 37 people in hospital.

In the last 24 hours, 14,430 tests have been processed.

There were 109 cases announced yesterday, with 103 of those in Auckland.

The total number of community cases in the current outbreak is 2759.

There are 5462 confirmed cases in total since pandemic began.