There are just 14 new community cases of Covid-19, along with nine reported at the border since yesterday.
The low number of cases has been labelled “welcome news” by the Ministry of Health who say it is reassuring given the increase in testing numbers after the new year break.
“However, we know case numbers can be quite variable from day to day and it remains likely that there will be a rise again in coming days,” said today’s ministry statement. “The ministry would urge the public to remain vigilant, including scanning, wearing masks where required, and most importantly ensuring they are fully vaccinated, including people who are now eligible for a booster dose.”
A record number of booster vaccine doses were administered in the past 24 hours: 47,796. A total of 548,733 booster doses have now been given since they became available in late November 2021, representing more than 36% of those who are currently eligible.
“Boosters are strongly recommended for anyone over 18 who has had their second dose at least four months ago,” said the ministry.
There are currently 34 people in hospital with Covid-19, with two in intensive care.
Today’s case details
There are nine cases to report in Auckland today. Health and welfare providers are now supporting 916 people in the region to isolate at home, including 189 cases.
There are two new case to report in Northland, one of which was announced yesterday. The new case is in Whangārei, with investigations into links to previously reported cases ongoing.
There are two new cases in the Waikato today, with one unlinked to a previously reported case. One is from Coromandel and one is from Te Aroha.
There is one new case to report in Wellington. This case is linked to the Hidden Valley Festival in Matakana, north of Auckland. Case investigations are ongoing, and locations of interest will be added as they are confirmed.
There are two new cases to announce in the Canterbury region. These cases were notified after the daily cut-off time and will be officially be added to tomorrow’s numbers. The new cases are in South Canterbury and Canterbury.
The South Canterbury case remains under investigation but shares a location of interest with a previously reported case. The Canterbury case remains under investigation for any link to previously reported cases.