Testing for COVID-19

Information on lab testing and capacity and testing rates by ethnicity and DHB.

Last updated 1pm 04 December 2021.

All data on this page is as at 9:00 am on 04 December 2021 unless otherwise stated.

Testing data is collected from the Eclair database (administered by ESR) unless otherwise stated.

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Testing summary, status, and results

COVID-19 viral testing
People tested Test results delivered in past 24 hours Test results delivered during past week
People who travelled internationally 1060 6202
People working at the border, in managed facilities, or near people travelling internationally 648 3826
Within New Zealand, not linked to the border 28267 181949
Other 0 0
Total 29975 191977
COVID-19 testing status
  Total
All COVID-19 viral tests administered* 5,035,933
Testing kits in stock (updated weekdays only) 654,288

* Covers the period from 22 January 2020 (first test in New Zealand) to 04 December 2021. Note that some people are tested more than once and a positive case can result in more than one positive test.

Testing results from 22 January 2020* to 04 December 2021
Test results In managed facilities Within NZ communities Total
Tested positive for COVID-19 1790 12953 14743
Tested negative (no COVID-19) 410466 4609017 5019483
Inconclusive result for COVID-19 21 1686 1707
Total (all tests) 412277 4623656 5035933

* First test for COVID-19 in New Zealand was on 22 January 2020. Note that some people are tested more than once.

Number of tests for COVID-19
Daily number of tests completed for COVID-19 (with seven-day rolling average)

Testing over the past 4 weeks

Tests at managed facilities and within the community in district health boards (DHBs)
DHB of Patient Domicile 1 Nov to 7 Nov 8 Nov to 14 Nov 15 Nov to 21 Nov 22 Nov to 28 Nov
Managed isolation and quarantine facilities 5573 6084 3877 5187
Auckland 28494 30996 31476 31539
Bay of Plenty 5336 4296 7842 12565
Canterbury 11499 7727 10131 8274
Capital and Coast 4545 4653 5362 5410
Counties Manukau 40994 42692 47742 48967
Hawkes Bay 2034 2650 2960 2998
Hutt Valley 1564 1676 2173 1896
Lakes 2507 2515 6106 4009
MidCentral 2188 2552 5240 4004
Nelson Marlborough 1628 1653 1719 1837
Northland 11113 10010 9070 9947
South Canterbury 489 403 531 425
Southern 3319 2879 3185 3246
Tairāwhiti 569 1120 658 590
Taranaki 2099 3840 3318 2017
Waikato 21054 21033 22752 19558
Wairarapa 405 374 2134 637
Waitematā 36124 36713 35475 37408
West Coast 172 130 181 168
Whanganui 622 720 1028 946
Unknown 539 593 804 1090
Total 182867 185309 203764 202718

Note: some people are tested more than once. We cannot give you detailed information about tests in your district, city or town, as we must protect the privacy of the people concerned.

Tests by ethnicity
Ethnicity 1 Nov to 7 Nov 8 Nov to 14 Nov 15 Nov to 21 Nov 22 Nov to 28 Nov
Maori 31146 31026 38356 37867
Pacific peoples 18946 20665 22212 22659
Asian 26868 29120 29842 30181
European/Other 100678 99131 108202 105618
Unknown 5229 5367 5152 6393
Total 182867 185309 203764 202718
Tests at the border and in managed isolation and quarantine
COVID-19 test result 1 Nov to 7 Nov 8 Nov to 14 Nov 15 Nov to 21 Nov 22 Nov to 28 Nov
Tested positive 17 9 12 18
Tested negative (no COVID-19) 5556 6075 3865 5168
Inconclusive result 0 0 0 1
Total tests
COVID-19 test result 1 Nov to 7 Nov 8 Nov to 14 Nov 15 Nov to 21 Nov 22 Nov to 28 Nov
Tested positive 1252 1527 1542 1518
Tested negative (no COVID-19) 181584 183739 202147 201137
Inconclusive result 31 43 75 63

Testing rate and results by location and ethnicity

All tests by DHB and in managed isolation and quarantine facilities from 22 January 2020 to 04 December 2021
Location Total tests Tested positive (%) Test rate per 1000 people
Managed isolation and quarantine facilities 412277 0.43% NA
Auckland 753813 0.32% 1344.9
Bay of Plenty 170871 0.12% 698.7
Canterbury 329914 0.07% 566.25
Capital and Coast 207784 0.08% 638.72
Counties Manukau 995308 0.49% 1716.51
Hawkes Bay 79472 0.08% 473.36
Hutt Valley 70230 0.06% 462.55
Lakes 79497 0.07% 711.94
MidCentral 73483 0.07% 402.41
Nelson Marlborough 77020 0.11% 503.44
Northland 166680 0.14% 906.1
South Canterbury 21915 0.14% 364.3
Southern 154873 0.17% 459.39
Tairāwhiti 18498 0.09% 374.24
Taranaki 63317 0.05% 520.29
Waikato 385256 0.2% 897.87
Wairarapa 20638 0.04% 447.46
Waitematā 852245 0.36% 1321.42
West Coast 6710 0.04% 210.08
Whanganui 17722 0.05% 272.41
Unknown 78410 0.44% NA
Total 5035933 0.29% 903.75
Tests by ethnicity from 22 January 2020 to 04 December 2021
Ethnicity* Total test Tested positive (%) Test rate per 1000 people
Māori 715983 0.7% 904.78
Pacific peoples 594190 0.57% 1826.07
Asian 833513 0.18% 1038.96
European/Other 2671129 0.15% 858.79
Unknown 221118 0.39% NA
Total 5035933 0.29% 957.35

* The prioritised ethnicity classification system is used in this table and below. This means each person is allocated to a single ethnic group, based on the ethnic groups they identify with. Where people identify with more than one group, they are assigned in this order of priority: Māori, Pacific Peoples, Asian, and European/Other. So, if a person identifies as being Māori and New Zealand European, the person is counted as Māori. See Ngā tapuae me ngā raraunga: Methods and data sources for further information.

The data categorized by ethnicity come from National Health Index (NHI) data collection, linked to data held in the EpiSurv database.

Testing rates per 1000 people by location and ethnicity from 22 January 2020 to 04 December 2021
Location Māori Pacific peoples Asian European/Other
Auckland 1444.88 1805.5 1003.12 1397.19
Bay of Plenty 707.68 1333.66 598.32 683.8
Canterbury 544.07 729.4 597.01 537.8
Capital and Coast 615.57 704.13 472.48 659.96
Counties Manukau 1798.17 2464.57 1373.59 1472.62
Hawke's Bay 439.12 937.47 422.39 453.58
Hutt Valley 448.03 572.01 432.58 454.3
Lakes 727.36 1024.64 786.14 665.54
MidCentral 405.61 523.39 290.83 401.31
Nelson Marlborough 479.52 1570.11 444.89 477.07
Northland 923.44 1045.74 673.48 900.47
South Canterbury 365.87 1215.62 435.32 345.05
Southern 421.51 710.79 397.37 456.68
Tairāwhiti 368.87 532.31 606.61 347.84
Taranaki 476.52 741.14 600.94 512.8
Waikato 942.01 1061.27 828.95 864.59
Wairarapa 499.04 681.36 511.81 421.77
Waitematā 1418.95 1810.87 1090.03 1324.85
West Coast 193.6 389.04 302.05 204
Whanganui 243.93 320.99 205.63 281.62
Total 872.64 1745.76 925.79 797.51

Note: some people are tested more than once. We cannot give you detailed information about tests in your district, city or town, as we must protect the privacy of the people concerned.

Percentage of tests returning a positive result by DHB and ethnicity from 22 January to 04 December 2021
Location Māori Pacific peoples Asian European/Other
Auckland 1.15 0.7 0.14 0.15
Bay of Plenty 0.17 0.05 0.25 0.08
Canterbury 0.1 0.11 0.05 0.06
Capital and Coast 0.05 0.08 0.08 0.08
Counties Manukau 1.35 0.63 0.13 0.17
Hawke's Bay 0.06 0.18 0.07 0.07
Hutt Valley 0.08 0 0.08 0.06
Lakes 0.12 0 0.01 0.05
MidCentral 0.07 0 0.08 0.06
Nelson Marlborough 0.22 0.03 0.09 0.1
Northland 0.28 0.35 0.02 0.06
South Canterbury 0.05 0 0.27 0.15
Southern 0.18 0.08 0.17 0.13
Tairāwhiti 0.12 0.17 0 0.05
Taranaki 0.04 0 0.05 0.05
Waikato 0.48 0.14 0.11 0.11
Wairarapa 0.07 0 0 0.04
Waitematā 1.28 0.7 0.13 0.21
West Coast 0 0 0 0.05
Whanganui 0.07 0 0.3 0.03
Total 0.7 0.57 0.18 0.15

Note: we cannot give the total number of people testing positive per DHB and ethnicity for privacy reasons.


Testing rate and results by age and sex

Tests by age group from 22 January to 04 December 2021
Age group Total people tested Tested positive (%) Test rate per 1000 people
0 to 9 355596 0.7% 563.5
10 to 19 425150 0.48% 663.27
20 to 29 975041 0.33% 1305.43
30 to 39 968627 0.28% 1420.32
40 to 49 769612 0.23% 1264.04
50 to 59 756079 0.2% 1191.61
60 to 69 502301 0.14% 939.2
70 to 79 197420 0.14% 543.04
80+ 85889 0.14% 460.08
Unknown 218 0% NA
Total 5035933 0.29% 1001.27
Tests by sex from 22 January to 04 December 2021
Sex Total people tested Tested positive (%) Test rate per 1000 people
Female 2477455 0.28% 973.74
Male 2475541 0.3% 996.18
Unknown 82937 0.39% NA
Total 5035933 0.29% 984.82

Note: On 10 March 2021, the Ministry of Health identified and fixed a data processing issue that resulted in records unnecessarily being assigned to ‘Unknown’ categories.


New Zealand's approach to COVID-19 testing

New Zealand has a goal of eliminating COVID-19. Planned, targeted testing is one of the tools that can help meet this goal. We don't test without planning.

COVID-19 is a new disease, so we had to build a completely new testing capability.

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