COVID-19: Current cases

Information about confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand.

Last updated 1pm 21 May 2022.

All data on this page relates to cases recorded prior to 11:59 pm 20 May 2022.

Data is collected from the EpiSurv database (administered by ESR) and the National Contact Tracing System unless otherwise stated.

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Current situation

New cases reported during the past 24 hours 6720
Active cases in past 7 days At the border 554
In the community 55781
Under investigation/other 0
Total 56335
Most recent case reported 20 May 2022
Most recent case reported due to community transmission (spread within our communities) 20 May 2022
All case outcomes since first New Zealand case
COVID-19 cases Change in last 24 hours Total
Active -399 56335
Recovered 7118 1036860
Deceased* 7 997*

*This total differs to the number of announced COVID-19 deaths (1045) as the latter includes deaths that occurred more than 28 days after a case was reported, and COVID-19 deaths that have been reported with incomplete details.

Case details

Number of active cases
  Change in last 24 hours Total at present Total since first NZ case
Confirmed 6633 55798 1089626
Probable 93 537 4566
Total 6726 56335 1094192
Source of active cases
  Change in last 24 hours Total at present
People who travelled internationally and were diagnosed in managed facilities at the border 20 554
People in close contact with someone who caught COVID-19 while overseas 0 0
Caught COVID-19 from someone locally 3 282
Caught COVID-19 within NZ, but source is unknown 0 0
Under investigation -422 55499
Active case - confirmed Confirmed cases are people who have received a positive PCR test OR someone who has received a positive result on a Rapid Antigen Test. For more details, see the COVID-19 case definition.
Active case - probable A probable case is when someone is diagnosed based on their exposure to other people with COVID-19 and on their symptoms. 
In managed facilities In managed isolation or quarantine facilities; hospitalisation not needed.  
Recovered Recovered cases are people who had the virus, where at least 7 days have passed since their symptoms started and they have not had symptoms for 72 hours, and they have been cleared by the health professional responsible for their monitoring.
Deceased Includes all cases that died who died within 28 days of being reported as a COVID-19 case. In some of these cases, the underlying cause of death may have been unrelated to COVID-19.


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Cases reported each day

Daily confirmed and probable cases

Total confirmed and probable cases over time
New COVID-19 cases reported each day


This graph shows the count of all cases of COVID-19 every day (all cases - active, recovered and deceased) since the first New Zealand case in late February 2020. The graph shows the rapidly increasing number of cases day-by-day from late March until the rate slowed through April as the restrictions during Alert Levels 4 and 3 took hold. The number of active cases increased rapidly until mid-April, peaked in early-April during Alert Level 4, and then decreased to low levels of active cases remaining each day from late-May, mainly at the border isolation facilities. Cases increased again from mid-August due to the Auckland August cluster.

COVID-19 by location

Total cases by DHB

Total cases of COVID-19 by DHB


This bar graph shows the total cases and their status by District Health Board (DHB) and in managed isolation and quarantine facilities.

The Managed Isolation and Quarantine data group shows the number of cases in managed isolation or quarantine facilities. They are not included in the DHB totals. Before 17 June, people in managed isolation or quarantine facilities were included in the total of the relevant DHB.

Managed isolation and quarantine facilities are located in Auckland (Auckland DHB), Hamilton (Waikato DHB), Rotorua (Lakes DHB), Wellington (Capital and Coast DHB) and Christchurch (Canterbury DHB).

Total cases by location
Location Active Recovered Deceased Total Change in last 24 hours*
Auckland 6064 97401 80 103545 711
Bay of Plenty 1820 53801 67 55688 203
Canterbury 8019 130137 127 138283 993
Capital and Coast 3783 66139 49 69971 473
Counties Manukau 5287 135543 125 140955 575
Hawke's Bay 1904 37327 23 39254 258
Hutt Valley 1489 34731 39 36259 169
Lakes 993 23425 25 24443 120
Mid Central 1772 37091 39 38902 187
Nelson Marlborough 1775 28703 15 30493 214
Northland 1584 33772 38 35394 188
South Canterbury 882 12869 10 13761 103
Southern 4311 76455 58 80824 523
Tairāwhiti 483 12195 12 12690 55
Taranaki 1588 26891 19 28498 171
Unknown 32 504 0 536 2
Waikato 4301 87258 119 91678 523
Wairarapa 517 9576 14 10107 69
Waitematā 7952 108342 109 116403 942
West Coast 550 4733 6 5289 68
Whanganui 675 13310 20 14005 93
At the Border 554 6657 3 7214 86
Total 56335 1036860 997 1094192 6726*

*The change in total case numbers may not be equal to the number of new cases reported today due to data updating and reconciliation.

Note: we cannot give detailed information about cases in your district, city or town, as we must protect the privacy of the people concerned.

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