There are 92 new Covid-19 cases in the community, a significant drop from the daily numbers recorded in recent weeks. It’s the first time since October 28 that daily cases have been below 100.
Of today’s cases, 80 in Auckland, two are in Waikato, one is Northland, five are Bay of Plenty, one is in Lakes DHB, one is in Nelson and two are in Taranaki.
Another three Taranaki cases will be officially added to the tally tomorrow. These cases are known contacts, bringing total of active cases in Taranaki to five. They are self-isolating across three separate households in New Plymouth, Rotorua and Waikato.
There are 79 people in hospital with Covid-19, including nine in intensive care.
Two more DHBs have hit the crucial 90% fully vaccinated threshold for the eligible population: Waitematā and Canterbury.
Speaking at parliament on the first day of the new traffic light framework, deputy prime minister Grant Robertson said 3.2 million people have now downloaded their vaccine pass. He said the country was only in the position to transition to the new framework because of the work we have done over the past two years of the pandemic.
“Some people have tried to portray us as a divided nation on vaccination,” said Robertson. “The numbers simply do not bear that out.”
Two Nelson schools are continuing to battle individual delta clusters, with more than a dozen Covid cases in the community. Despite this, there is no plan to move the area to the “red” setting of the traffic light framework. “At this stage there is no particular cause for alarm in Nelson/Marlborough,” said McElnay, adding that testing rates have been good.