COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

This section provides the latest updates, information and advice on COVID-19.

Current situation

There are 13 new cases of COVID-19 today.

As is our usual protocol we are tracing all close and casual contacts of these cases, and getting them tested for COVID-19. All close contacts will remain in self-isolation for 14 days, and all casual contacts will remain in self isolation until they have returned a negative test.

There are now 49 active cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand. See our current cases page.

Alert levels
Until 11.59 pm Wednesday 26 August the Auckland region (Auckland Council area) is at Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 2. Find out more on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

Where to get a test for COVID-19 in Auckland 

If you have symptoms you can:

  • get a test at most GPs – call ahead to find out if you need a test and follow their advice
  • get a test at a Community Testing Centre – this list will continue to be updated.

People in other regions can check their local district health board website to find out about testing in their area.

Regional exemptions at Alert Level 3
The Auckland city "border" is currently closed. Some exemptions will be allowed. For more information, including how to apply, see advice for travellers.

For COVID-19 health advice and information, contact the Healthline team (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or +64 9 358 5453 for international SIMS.

Health & Disability Services at :


Alert Level 3


Alert Level 2

Rest of New Zealand

NZ COVID Tracer app  

The official Ministry of Health contact tracing app helps you keep a digital diary of the places you’ve been.

Find out more >

Latest updates

Our advice is under active review and is updated regularly. The latest updates include the following changes to the website:

15 August:

14 August:

13 August:

12 August:

7 August:

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