NZ records 62 COVID-19 cases, 50th death

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New Zealand has suffered its 50th COVID-19 death, a patient at Auckland's North Shore Hospital.

On Friday, health authorities reported the death of the person in their 50s, after a fortnight in hospital.

They also reported 62 community cases, including 37 in Auckland, 14 in the Bay of Plenty, and one in Christchurch.

Contact tracers believe the South Island case was as a result of travel from Auckland, which has been the centre of the Delta outbreak which began in August.

All passengers on the case's flight from Auckland are being treated as close contacts and must isolate and get tested, potentially missing Christmas gatherings.

The rolling seven-day average is down to 51, the lowest level for many weeks.

There are 45 Kiwis in hospital, including eight in intensive care.

New Zealand has hit 91 per cent of its population fully vaccinated, with 95 per cent partially vaccinated.

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