There’s been a surge of new COVID cases in New Zealand’s most populous city as 53 new community cases were recorded in the past 24 hours in Auckland.

That brings the total number of cases in New Zealand’s recent Delta cluster to 562.

No new cases were recorded outside of the city.

37 New Zealanders are being treated in hospital with five in ICU.

A country-wide lockdown is scheduled to end early Wednesday morning – however, the restrictions will remain in place for the Auckland-Waikato region.

More than 3.3 million Pfizer vaccine doses have been administered so far in New Zealand.

Health officials confirmed one woman has died after receiving a vaccine – though say she also had serious underlying medical issues.

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