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Source: New Zealand Ministry of Health


  • Number of new community cases: 11
  • Number of new cases identified at the border: Five
  • Location of new cases: Auckland
  • Location of community cases (total): Auckland 990 (535 of whom have recovered); Wellington 17 (15 of whom have recovered)
  • Number of community cases (total): 1,007 (in current community outbreak)
  • Cases infectious in the community *: Nine (60%) of yesterday’s 15 cases have exposure events
  • Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious *: Six (40%) of yesterday’s 15 cases
  • Cases epidemiologically linked: Nine of today’s cases
  • Cases to be epidemiologically linked: Two of today’s cases
  • Cases epidemiologically linked (total): 973 (in current cluster) (13 in past 14 days unlinked)
  • Number of sub-clusters: Nine epidemiologically linked subclusters. The three largest subclusters are the Māngere church group: 384; and Birkdale social network cluster: 79; secondary community transmission associated with the Māngere church group 164.
  • And ten epidemiologically unlinked subclusters.
  • Cases in hospital: 14 (total): North Shore (2); Middlemore (8); Auckland (4)
  • Cases in ICU or HDU: Three
  • Confirmed cases (total): 3,658 since pandemic began
  • Historical cases, since 1 Jan 2021 (total): 149 out of 1,840 since 1 Jan 2021


  • Number of active contacts being managed (total): 1064/li>
  • Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements): 94%
  • Percentage with at least one test result: 88%

Locations of interest 

  • Locations of interest (total): 135 (as at 10am 17 September)


  • Number of tests (total): 3,206,325
  • Number of tests total (last 24 hours): 15,419
  • Tests in Auckland (last 24 hours): 7400
  • Tests rolling average (last 7 days): 13,177
  • Testing centres in Auckland: 23


  • Wastewater detections: Auckland eastern suburbs (catchment includes Pakuranga, Shelley Park, Bucklands Beach)

COVID-19 vaccine update

  • Vaccines administered to date (total): 4,569,255; 1st doses: 3,015,345; 2nd doses: 1,553,910
  • Vaccines administered yesterday (total): 60,506; 1st doses: 36,666; 2nd doses: 23,840
  • Māori: 1st doses: 282,828; 2nd doses: 135,945
  • Pacific Peoples: 1st doses: 182,388; 2nd doses: 93,880

NZ COVID-19 tracer

  • Registered users (total): 3,224,773
  • Poster scans (total): 363,829,166
  • Manual diary entries (total): 16,437,191
  • Poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday: 2,478,712

*Yesterday we reported 13 community cases, however in today’s reporting of yesterday’s cases who were infectious in the community, we are reporting 15 – this is due to two different data systems and a small lag in data reportage. 

**Recovered cases can continue shedding viral matter for weeks after recovering. 
With more than 700 recovered cases linked to this outbreak, we will see detections of COVID-19 in wider wastewater that are likely linked to recovered cases. Nonetheless, public health officials will continue to investigate positive detections and take urgent repeat samples where appropriate.

Historical cases identified at the border

Arrival date



Positive test day/reason

Managed isolation/quarantine location

4 September


United Arab Emirates

Day 11 / routine


4 September

Russia United Arab Emirates

Day 11 / routine

12 September Philippines Australia Day 3 / routine Auckland
15 September Germany United Arab Emirates Day 0 / routine Hamilton
17 September UK Singapore Day 1 / routine Christchurch

*These cases are in a travel bubble together