Auckland Regional Public Health Service Director William Rainger has announced only two new cases in the last 24 hours, one each in managed isolation and in community. 

The community case is epidemiologically linked to the initial Auckland cluster. Till date 92 close contacts of the Auckland cluster has been identified and sent into managed isolation and 65 have returned a positive test. 

The case in managed isolation is a woman in her 30s who arrived from the Philippines via Hong Kong on 29 August, and tested positive at day three of her stay at Distinction Hotel in Christchurch, Rainger says.

Mr Rainger asked all close contact of the positive cases to go into self isolation for 14 days starting from the day they were in touch with the positive case. 

Health Minister Chris Hipkins says this is the first time he has returned to Auckland since the re-emergence of cases in the community.

Since 11 August, the contact tracing team has identified 3162 close contacts of cases of which 2984 have been contacted and are self-isolating, Hipkins says.

There are seven people in hospital now, five in ward and two and there has been 16 new recoveries in the last 24 hours all from the community. 

The total active cases now are 115, of which 36 are from overseas and 79 in the community. Total confirmed cases till date is 1408. 

More to come.