By NewsDesk @bactiman63

The New Zealand Ministry of Health reported 70 new cases of COVID-19 today; all are in Auckland. The total number of community cases in Auckland is now 333 and in Wellington it is 14.

All of the cases have or are being transferred safely to a quarantine facility, under strict infection prevention and control procedures, including the use of full PPE.

There are currently six epidemiologically-linked subclusters identified within this outbreak. The two largest clusters are the Birkdale Social Network cluster associated with Case A (45 confirmed cases), and the Mangere church cluster (146 confirmed cases). The remaining clusters have fewer than 20 people associated with them.

The government said it is likely Auckland will stay at Alert Level 4 for a further 2 weeks. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday she expects most other parts of the country can ease restrictions slightly from Wednesday.