Sumary of New Zealand Covid update: Ardern secures 250,000 Pfizer doses from Spain as 13 new cases recorded:
- The total number in the outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant is now 868. All the new cases are in Auckland, which remains in a level four lockdown until next week, with seven of those cases epidemiologically linked to existing cases.
- Day-three tests of more than 120 patients potentially exposed to a Covid-19 case at Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital have all come back negative.
- “Testing numbers have picked up, but if we are to have the confidence we need that Delta is under control, we need to test, test, test,” Ardern said.