‘Number is encouraging’: New Zealand reports 49 new COVID cases

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The number of new cases in New Zealand grew by 49 on Thursday, marking a decline from the previous day.

“The latest number is encouraging and it does show that our alert-level four measures are working,” said Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield, in a daily briefing.

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.Credit:Getty Images

Bloomfield warned that the numbers could still “bounce around”.

There are currently 42 cases in hospital – six in ICU or a high dependency unit. Three cases are ventilated.

There were 75 new community COVID-19 cases announced on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that overall the number of cases without exposure events and already in isolation had increased.

“This means our contact tracing is making a difference,” she said.

The improvement allows the Northland region to move back into level-three lockdown tonight, a relaxation from level-four where Auckland remains.

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