There are 106 new Covid-19 cases in the community, breaking the two-day streak of fewer than 100 new cases.
Of today’s cases, 93 in Auckland, eight are in Waikato, three are in Northland, one is in Whanganui and one is in Christchurch.
There are 77 people in hospital with Covid-19, including seven in intensive care. Of the cases in hospital, 56% are unvaccinated or ineligible, 25% are partially immunised, 13% are fully vaccinated and 6% are unknown.
The total number of cases in the current community outbreak is 9037.
Two DHBs, Auckland and Capital and Coast DHBs, have now reached the milestone of 90% of their eligible Māori population having had their first vaccination.
This is closely followed by four other DHBs – Waitemata, MidCentral, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs, all with eligible Māori population vaccination rates at or above 87% for first vaccinations.
New Zealand now has 88% of its total eligible population nationwide (aged 12 and over) fully vaccinated.
There are three new cases in Northland. Two are close contacts of previously reported cases, based in Kaitaia, and have already been isolating.
The third case is an essential worker, based in Whangarei, who regularly travels to Auckland for work. This person’s result was picked up through routine surveillance testing.
Today, there are 93 new cases reported in Auckland. Health staff are now supporting 3,628 people to isolate at home, including 857 cases.
Today there are eight new cases in Waikato – two in Hamilton, two in Te Kūiti, three in Piopio (near Te Kūiti) and one in Huntly. Seven of the cases have been linked to previous cases and the eighth case is under investigation.
Health staff are now supporting 107 cases to isolate at home.
There is a new case in Whanganui.
Public health staff are continuing to investigate but it appears the case recently travelled out of the city and is likely to have links to previously reported cases outside the region.
The person became symptomatic on Thursday and was tested on Friday before receiving their result yesterday. Since the test, the person has been isolating in a dedicated community facility.
As investigations continue, a number of locations of interest have today been identified. Two have already been published today and more are expected this afternoon on the ministry’s webpage.
There are two new cases to report in Canterbury today and one case reported yesterday which has today been formally added to the case tally.
Yesterday’s case has been clearly linked to other cases in the Nelson-Tasman area. Canterbury DHB report that as soon as the person in Canterbury learned of their contact the person got a test and had been isolating at home since that time. The person’s prompt actions have reduced the chances of further spread and underline the importance of getting a test immediately if you have been to a location of interest, are identified as a contact or possible contact of a case, or if you have any cold or flu-like symptoms.
The two latest cases, one of whom is a young child from the same household as yesterday’s case and the other is a close contact of yesterday’s case. All three were transferred to an MIQ facility yesterday. Work on tracing close contacts of these three cases is ongoing.
The latest two cases were notified after the Ministry’s 9am reporting cut off and will be added to the case tally tomorrow.