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Covid: Total cases now 72 - 20 new in Auckland and 1 in Wellington

Aug 22, 2021

There have been 21 new community cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand today - 20 in Auckland and one in Wellington.

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield and Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins are giving the latest Covid-19 update.

Dr Bloomfield said there were now a total of 72 cases associated with the Auckland outbreak.

Yesterday, 21 new community cases of Covid-19 were announced.

Meanwhile, a staff member at Pukekohe High School has tested positive for Covid-19 meaning seven Auckland schools now have confirmed cases linked to them. The other five schools are: Western Springs College, Avondale College, Northcote College, Lynfield College, McAuley High School and De La Salle College.

After being halted at the start of lockdown, the vaccine rollout is moving up a gear with 56,843 vaccines administered yesterday - the most in a single day.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said 72 percent of NZers aged 40+ are either booked or have been vaccinated with at least one dose.

A drive through mass-vaccination centre is open today in Auckland to make up for appointments pushed out due to the alert level 4 lockdown. The centre, set up at the park and ride site at Auckland Airport, will be open for a week and is expected to immunise 2000 people a day.

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