COVID-19 continues to surge in New Zealand, which has reported 19,566 new community cases and growing hospitalisations.
Tuesday's case count means New Zealand - so long a global leader in staving off the virus - has higher per capita infection levels than the UK or United States during their outbreak peaks.
However, New Zealand's mortality rate remains the lowest in the developed world, though growing hospitalisations give cause for concern.
On Tuesday, health officials reported 373 people in hospital with the virus, and nine in intensive care, up from 344 hospitalisations and five in intensive care on Monday.
Australian Associated Press