COVID-19: Current cases

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

Last updated 1pm 18 January 2021.

All data on this page is as at 9:00am on 18 January 2021 unless otherwise stated.

Change to the updating schedule for this page

Data on this page is now updated four times per week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Media updates are issued on the same days.

Data is collected from the EpiSurv database (administered by ESR) unless otherwise stated. 

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Current situation

New cases reported during the past 24 hours 6
Active cases At the border 85
In the community 0
Under investigation/other 0
Total 85
Most recent case reported 18 January 2021
Most recent case reported due to community transmission (spread within our communities) 18 November 2020
All case outcomes since first New Zealand case
COVID-19 cases Change in last 24 hours Total
Active 3 85
Recovered 3 2152
Deceased 0 25

Case details

Number of active cases
  Change in last 24 hours Total at present Total since first NZ case
Confirmed 3 85 1906
Probable 0 0 356
Total 3 85 2262
Location of active cases
  Change in last 24 hours Total at present
In managed facilities 3 85
In hospital (not ICU) 0 0
In ICU 0 0
At home or in self-isolation 0 0
Not in isolation 0 0
Unknown 0 0
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 3 85
People in close contact with someone who caught COVID-19 while overseas 0 0
Caught COVID-19 from someone locally 0 0
Caught COVID-19 within NZ, but source is unknown 0 0
Under investigation 0 0
Active case - confirmed Confirmed cases are people that have been tested, and the test confirms they have COVID-19 (ie, a positive 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 10 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.


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Cases reported each day

Total confirmed and probable cases

New confirmed and probable cases over time
Count of all COVID-19 cases each day


This graph shows the daily reported confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 since the first New Zealand case in late February 2020. The number of new cases peaked in late March when the country went into Alert Level 4 on 25 March and started to go down in mid-April. By 20 April, there were less than ten cases reported per day and after 1 May less than five per day. There was a resurgence of community transmission in August and September 2020 associated with the Auckland August cluster. Throughout, the confirmed cases have outnumbered the probable cases.

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 0 226 1 227 0
Bay of Plenty 0 48 0 48 0
Canterbury 0 157 12 169 0
Capital and Coast 0 94 2 96 0
Counties Manukau 0 215 1 216 0
Hawke's Bay 0 44 0 44 0
Hutt Valley 0 24 0 24 0
Lakes 0 16 0 16 0
Mid Central 0 32 0 32 0
Nelson Marlborough 0 49 0 49 0
Northland 0 28 0 28 0
South Canterbury 0 17 0 17 0
Southern 0 214 2 216 0
Tairāwhiti 0 4 0 4 0
Taranaki 0 16 0 16 0
Waikato 0 192 2 194 0
Wairarapa 0 8 0 8 0
Waitematā 0 293 4 297 0
West Coast 0 4 1 5 0
Whanganui 0 9 0 9 0
Managed Isolation & Quarantine 85 462 0 547 6
Total 85 2152 25 2262 6

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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