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Hail Mary needed as coronavirus cases rise
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The Health Ministry has identified a further 50 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19.

This brings New Zealand’s combined total of confirmed and probable cases to 205, including a cluster of cases from an Auckland school.

Today’s three probable cases are being treated as if they were a positive laboratory-confirmed case and the actions taken are the same as for confirmed cases - self-isolation and active contact tracing.

The ministry says 22 individuals have recovered from the coronavirus, with three being discharged from hospital yesterday.

There are six people in hospital with Covid-19 - all in a stable condition and none in ICU.

Three are in Wellington hospital, one in Rotorua and two in Waikato.

There is a cluster of cases from Auckland’s Marist College with five confirmed cases and a number of staff members who are being tested or are about to be tested, as they have symptoms.

All students and staff are being managed as close contacts and are expected to be in monitored self-quarantine for the next 14 days or 14 days since the last contact with each other.

Staff and students should not congregate with anyone outside their home, and keep their physical distance from those within their household for this period.

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