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- Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
- Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay
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Update on cases for 21 August
There are 21 new cases of COVID-19 in the New Zealand community to confirm today. This brings the total number of cases in the community outbreak to 51. All cases have or are being transferred safely to a managed isolation facility, under strict infection prevention and control procedures, including the use of full PPE.
Of the 21 new cases, 18 are in Auckland and three are in Wellington — one of which we reported yesterday and has been included in the numbers reported today.
This brings Wellington’s number of community cases to 6.