There are 172 new cases of Covid-19, including an additional 10 in the Nelson area. It comes on the final day of the alert level system with the traffic light framework coming into effect at 11.59pm tonight.
The other new cases are in Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, the Lakes DHB are and MidCentral.
There are now 14 cases in the Nelson-Tasman region, made up of two clusters: one of 11 cases and one of three. “A possible connection between the two clusters is being investigated,” said the Ministry of Health.
Two schools in Nelson, Enner Glynn School and Broadgreen Intermediate, have had cases. Both schools have temporarily closed while a risk assessment is undertaken and close contacts are identified. Next steps will then be agreed with the Ministry of Education.
Four new locations of interest in Nelson were added to the Ministry’s website yesterday afternoon. “People in the Nelson-Tasman region are asked to check this page as it is updated regularly.”
Despite the increase in new cases, Ashley Bloomfield this morning indicated Nelson would still enter the traffic light framework at orange.
There are now 86 people in hospital with Covid-19, including nine in intensive care.
Of today’s cases, 117 have not yet been linked to the wider outbreak with 929 mystery cases from the past fortnight.
Today’s case details, in full
There are 142 new cases being reported in Auckland. Health staff are now supporting 3,634 people to isolate at home, including 910 cases.
Today’s pair of new Northland cases are in Kaitaia and Kawakawa. Both are close contacts of known cases. The Kaitaia case was in isolation when tested and investigations into the Kawakawa case are under way.
There was an unexpected wastewater detection in a sample from Ahipara taken on November 25.
“Although this may be connected to cases isolating in the area, people living in the area are urged to get tested if they have even mild symptoms,” said the ministry.
There are 15 new cases in Waikato being reported today. Of those, six are in Kawhia, three in Te Kūiti, two in Hamilton, two in Ngāruawāhia, one in Huntly, and one is under investigation. So far, 11 have been linked to existing cases.
There is one new Bay of Plenty case. They are a household contact of a previously reported case and were already self-isolating at home when they tested positive.
There are no further cases to report today associated with Te Akau ki Pāpāmoa School, but the assessment by Toi Te Ora Public Health is that further cases associated with the school are likely.
There are two new cases in Lakes District. One of these cases is in Rotorua and is a household contact of a previously reported case. They were already self-isolating at home when they tested positive. Investigations are under way to determine any links between the other new case and previously reported cases.
Finally, as aforementioned, there are 10 new cases in Nelson-Tasman. One of these will be added to tomorrow’s tally.