WELLINGTON – New Zealand reported 19,542 new community cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, said the Ministry of Health in a statement.
The ministry also reported 24 deaths, bringing the total number of publicly reported deaths to 141, and 35 new cases detected at the country’s border.
There were 971 COVID-19 patients in New Zealand hospitals, including 21 people in intensive care units or high dependency units.
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The country has reported 417,825 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.
New Zealand is currently at the highest Red settings under the COVID-19 Protection Framework. At Red settings, face masks become mandatory in many indoor environments and gatherings are limited to 100 people.