There are 172 new community cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand today.
In a press release on Saturday afternoon the Ministry of Health said 148 of the new cases were in Auckland, 12 in Waikato, four in Northland, four in the Lakes DHB area, three in the Bay of Plenty, with a case confirmed in Wellington.
Seventy people were in hospital, with five requiring ICU or HDU care.
The virus is now present in more than half of New Zealand’s 20 District Health Board (DHB) areas. It has picked up in the past week, having previously been largely confined to Auckland, Northland and Waikato. New cases have been detected in Tauranga, Mount Maunganui, Taupō, Palmerston North, Masterton.
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