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Number of Covid-19 cases in Wānaka revealed

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 18 Jun, 2020 | By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

The Southern District Health Board (SDHB) has revealed the total number of cases of coronavirus in the Wānaka ward stands at 32, following an Official Information Act (OIA) request made by the Wānaka App on May 1.

This was the first time numbers were given for the Wānaka area specifically - during the pandemic, numbers were grouped into territorial authorities. There were 216 cases of coronavirus in the Southern district, the second highest rate in the country, and 87 in the Queenstown Lakes District.

On June 11, SDHB CEO Chris Fleming revealed to the Wānaka App that there had been 32 cases of coronavirus in the Wānaka ward - including Hāwea, Mātukituki and Wānaka - but not all of these cases were local residents.

Six of the cases gave an overseas address whilst being diagnosed in Wānaka, which lowered the official local count to 26 cases, explained Fleming. 

The New Zealand government announced on June 14 that it had been 23 days since the last new case of coronavirus was reported in the country, and there were no active cases to report. 

The total number of confirmed and probable cases in New Zealand remained at 1,504, the total number of tests completed at 310,297.

Read edition 979 of the Wānaka Sun here.

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