WELLINGTON, April 2 (Xinhua) – 11,560 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in New Zealand on Saturday, the Ministry of Health said.

Among the 11,560 new community infections 1,931 were in Auckland’s largest city.

In addition, 41 new cases of COVID-19 infection have been detected on the border with New Zealand, the ministry said.

678 patients are being treated in New Zealand hospitals, including 30 in intensive care units or high-dependence units. The ministry also reported another 23 deaths on Saturday.

New Zealand has reported 681,044 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

New Zealand is now at the highest level under the COVID-19 protection framework. In the updated Red settings, indoor meetings are limited to 200 people, with no restrictions for outdoor meetings.

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