Coronavirus: Six new COVID-19 cases reported, one death

The Ministry of Health on Saturday reported six new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand, and one more death.

The ministry released the latest pandemic figures on its website and in a written statement, rather than a live press conference.

The six new cases are two confirmed and four probable. Five of them have been linked to existing cases and clusters, one is still being investigated.

There have now been 1134 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand, for a total of 1485.

Of those, 1263 have recovered - up 11 from Friday. Eighty-five percent of all cases now recovered.


Five remain in hospital, none in ICU. The death toll in New Zealand is now 20.

There were 5691 tests for the virus done on Friday, bringing the total to date to 145,589.

Overseas, about 240,000 people have lost their lives to date, and millions have been infected.

The death was of a man in his 80s - George Hollings, a resident at the Rosewood Rest Home who was transferred to Burwood Hospital.

"George will be remembered as a real Kiwi bloke, a rough diamond, who loved his deer stalking," the family told the Ministry of Health.

He had underlying health conditions, and died early on Saturday morning.

There remain 16 significant clusters of cases.

"Three clusters are now considered closed as there is no longer transmission of the virus associated with the cluster," the ministry said.

"A COVID-19 cluster is considered be closed after a total of 28 consecutive days - or two incubation periods for the virus - since its most recent report date of a reported case.

"The three closed clusters are the Wellington wedding cluster (closed 25 April) and the two clusters linked with group travel to the United States - one in Wellington and the other in Auckland - closed today."

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