Coronavirus: One death and five new cases of COVID-19 confirmed

There has been one new death and five new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand, Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield confirmed on Monday. 

The new cases include one confirmed and four probable. Three of the new cases are linked to the St Margaret's Hospital and Rest Home‎. The other two are linked to other cases. 

The woman who died was in her 90s and was a resident of St Margaret's. She had a number of underlying health conditions and was the third person to die in that cluster.

The Waitemata DHB released a statement on Monday, expressing condolences to her family.  

"The thoughts and prayers of Waitematā DHB's staff and management are with the patient's family and friends at this difficult time. 

"We are all saddened by their loss and ask that the family's privacy is respected as they mourn the passing of their loved one."

There have now been 1122 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand. Since yesterday 38 people have recovered bringing the total number of recovered to 1180.

Seven people are in hospital and one person is in intensive care. So far there have been 19 deaths.

New Zealand's total number of confirmed and probable cases is now 1469 after six probable cases were reclassified.

There are still 16 significant clusters, which is the same as yesterday. 

The Ministry of Health is reviewing recent probable cases, some of which were classed as probable because of close contact to clusters.

There were 2939 lab tests yesterday and the combined total of tests to date is 123,920.

There is only one case since April 1 where the source is unknown. It was a confirmed case in Tauranga and a possible link is still being investigated. 

Another probable case in Waikato is now no longer considered a case.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the country has “avoided the worst” by taking accumulative actions.

"I am optimistic we can continue on the path of success. We can only do this if we pull together."

However, Ardern also warned that if needed the country would remain at level 3.