New Zealand reports two new coronavirus cases, health worker infected

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CNBC reported two new Covid-19 cases in New Zealand last Saturday, with the total number of confirmed infections rising to 1,444.

The cases are associated with the bereavement events sub-cluster, which is linked to the Mt Roskill Evangelical Fellowship group.

There is one new case of Covid-19 community transmission today.

The Sunnyvale School pupil didn't go to school while infectious, and Auckland Regional Public Health Service has not identified any close contacts.

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A deep clean of staff areas in the facility was completed yesterday. She also said the government would immediately ease all physical distancing requirements on planes, a boost for Air New Zealand, which has had to limit passengers on its planes for months.

Under COVID-19 Alert Level 2, gathering sizes are restricted to 100 people, while only 10 people in Level 2.5 and Level 3.

"We are all here today because we believe we need to stand up for our rights", the public Television New Zealand cited Jami-Lee Ross, the leader of the Advance New Zealand party, one of the organisers of the protest, as saying. It is yet unknown whether the health worker was infected from the community or from within the quarantine facility, said the ministry.

Since August 11, contract tracing has found 3647 close contacts of cases, of which 3640 have been contacted and are self-isolating - the rest are being contacted.

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There were now three people in hospital with Covid-19, including two in ICU, said the ministry.

The total number of active cases in New Zealand is 96.

That case has been genomically linked to three cases that have been in the quarantine facility and are linked to the Auckland cluster.

The ministry's Monday data shows that the country has a total of 1,447 confirmed coronavirus cases and 24 virus-related deaths.

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