There are 98 new community cases of Covid-19: 74 in Auckland, 10 in Waikato, eight in Bay of Plenty, one in Taranaki and five in Nelson Marlborough.
There is also a border case currently under investigation in the Southern DHB area. This person returned an initial weak positive test and a second test has returned a negative result. “Public health staff are currently awaiting serology results for the person,” said the Ministry of Health. “Out of an abundance of caution, the Ministry of Health has published one location of interest.”
There are currently 66 people in hospital with Covid-19, including seven in intensive care.
Of today’s cases, 48 are currently unlinked to the wider delta outbreak with 752 mystery cases across the past fortnight.
Meanwhile, the ministry has warned of potential Covid spread linked to Carrington Estate in the Karikari Peninsula. Anyone who visited on Saturday November 20, and who became unwell subsequently is encouraged to get tested, even if they no longer have symptoms.
Today’s case details
The two new Northland cases are both in Kaitaia and will be officially counted in tomorrow’s numbers. Case interviews are under way and links to extended whānau in the area are being investigated.
There were 10 new cases confirmed in the Waikato overnight, with three in Te Kūiti, two in Ōtorohanga, two in Huntly, two in Tokoroa, and one in Hamilton.
One of today’s cases has been formally linked to previous cases with the remainder under investigation to confirm links.
All eight of the Bay of Plenty cases are in the Tauranga area and are all household contacts of previously confirmed cases. Some were already in isolation, said the ministry.
There is one new case to report in Taranaki today. The new case is a household contact of a current case and they have been in isolation since last week. They are based in New Plymouth.
Only details for one of today’s new Nelson cases has so far been revealed. They are linked to a known school exposure event. There are now 20 active cases in the Nelson area. Investigations into the source of infections are ongoing.
Details about the other four Nelson cases will be reported tomorrow.