By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

For the first time in several months, New Zealand health officials have recorded a COVID-19 fatality, in fact, two have been reported in as many days.

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On Friday, health authorities reported the death of a man at Middlemore Hospital, linked to COVID-19. The man in his 50s was part of the August Auckland cluster.

The second case reported Saturday, also in Auckland, is the former Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Dr Joseph Williams.

Dr Williams, who was in his 80s, was also a widely regarded member of health services in both New Zealand and the Cook Islands. He passed away at Auckland City Hospital.

The number of COVID-19 related deaths in New Zealand is now 24.

On Saturday, three additional COVID-19 cases were reported in New Zealand, putting the number of active cases at 112.

The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is now 1,416 and the total cases are 1767.

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