COVID-19 pandemic in New Zealand – Wikipedia

Posted: September 24, 2021 at 11:26 am

Ongoing COVID-19 viral pandemic in New Zealand

6+ cases per million people

35.9 cases

22.9 cases

11.9 cases

00.9 cases

300+ confirmed cases

200299 confirmed cases

100199 confirmed cases

1099 confirmed cases

19 confirmed cases

10+ confirmed deaths

29 confirmed deaths

1 confirmed death

0 confirmed deaths


The COVID-19 pandemic in New Zealand is part of the ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus2 (SARS-CoV-2). The first case of the disease in New Zealand was reported on 28 February 2020. As of 24September2021[update], the country has had a total of 4,144 cases (3,788 confirmed and 356 probable[b]). 27 people have died from the virus, with cases recorded in all twenty district health board (DHB) areas.[1] The pandemic peaked in early April 2020, with 89 new cases recorded per day and 929 active cases. A total of 1,852,557[2] COVID tests have been carried out as of 22 March 2021.

All borders and entry ports of New Zealand were closed to non-residents on 19 March 2020, with returning citizens and residents being required to self-isolate. From 10 April 2020, all people arriving by air had to go into two weeks of managed isolation in adapted commercial hotels. A two-way travel bubble with Australia opened up from 19 April 2021, and with the Cook Islands on 19 May, although both have since been suspended. Quarantine free travel is currently only possible one-way from either Cook Islands or Niue.[3]

A four-tier alert level system was introduced on 21 March 2020 to manage the outbreak within New Zealand. Since then, after a nationwide lockdown from March to May 2020, regionalised alert level changes have been used, where the Auckland Region has entered lockdown twice, in AugustSeptember 2020 and FebruaryMarch 2021. The country then went for several months without any community transmission, with all cases restricted to the managed isolation system. As of 18 August 2021, New Zealand is under nationwide lockdown due to a case of community transmission in Auckland of the Delta variant, with subsequent community cases in Auckland and Wellington. This will last for at least ten days nationwide, and fourteen days in Auckland.

On 12 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) was the cause of a respiratory illness (coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19), found in a cluster of people in Wuhan, Hubei, People's Republic of China, which had been reported to the WHO on 31 December 2019.[4][5]

The case fatality ratio for COVID-19 has been much lower than SARS of 2003,[6][7]but the transmission has reportedly been significantly greater, according to a statement by Prof. Azra Ghani from MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis, Imperial College of London, a World Health Organization collaborating centre.[8][6]






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