The latest update from Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield:

• There are no new cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand today (21/052020).

• This means New Zealand’s combined total of confirmed and probable cases remains at 1,503, of which 1,153 are confirmed cases of COVID-19.

• We have 1,452 people reported as having recovered from COVID-19, 5 more people than yesterday (20/05/2020). This is 97% of all confirmed and probable cases.

• There is just one person receiving hospital-level care for COVID-19. They are not in ICU.

• We still have 16 significant clusters.

• There are no additional deaths to report.

• 6,113 tests were processed yesterday (20/05/2020). The total number of tests completed to date is 243,838.

• Kiwis are encouraged to get their flu vaccine as it’s starting to get colder. We have access to 1.76 million southern hemisphere vaccines in New Zealand.

• Everyone has been able to go and get vaccinated, but we will keep some vaccines back for high-risk groups in the coming months like those who are pregnant.

• We’ve also ordered 360,000 doses of the northern hemisphere flu vaccine. The vaccine will afford some protection for Kiwis, although it will not be a full match for all 4 southern hemisphere flu strains.

• Since the start of Alert Level 2, 650 funerals and tangihanga have been registered with the Ministry of Health. This process seems to be working well and is enabling friends and family to come together to grieve.

• 236,000 Kiwis have downloaded the NZ COVID Tracer application as of midday today (21/05/2020).

• Bars and pubs reopen today (21/05/2020). While we are at Alert Level 2 they do so under the requirements that are already in place for hospitality venues – single server, seated and separated. It’s a great time to catch up with friends, but not a time to practice any new dance moves.

• Please support your local businesses and support their staff by following the rules. Please give your correct contact details, this is about protecting your health and that of your friends and family.

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