Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director-General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield gave the update at a press conference on Thursday afternoon.
All new cases are in Auckland.
So far 264 people have recovered.
As of Thursday, the epidemic had 30 unrelated cases. Today, half of the 13 new cases were linked to the epidemic.
There are 31 people in the hospital, including 19 in the Auckland region. Five of them are in intensive care, and three are on ventilator.
“Our thoughts are with them,” said Bloomfield.
Three ICU nurses are being deployed to Auckland’s hospitals on Sunday, and another five will travel to the region next week to support the region’s efforts.
“Happily” more than 17,000 swabs were swept across the country on Wednesday – an increase from the first day.
Some pop-up testing centers were set up in Auckland supermarkets to test the wider community transmission.
The epidemic has more than 38,000 contacts. About 87 percent of those contacts have already been tested, Bloomfield said.
The three-day test for more than 120 patients, possibly at Cowed 19 case, at Middlemore Hospital, turned out to be negative. 29 staff tests also came negative.
All 149 contacts are in isolation, Bloomfield said.
More to come