There are 28 new community cases of Covid-19, while 13 have been confirmed at our border.
Of the new community cases, nine are in Auckland, three are in Waikato, five are in Bay of Plenty, two are in the Lakes DHB area, four are in the Wairarapa, two are in the Hutt Valley and three are in Canterbury.
On the vaccine front, the Capital and Coast DHB is poised to become the first to reach the 90% fully vaccinated milestone for Māori. “When the region’s clinics closed for the day yesterday, they were only 32 second doses short and they’re expected to reach this significant milestone at some point today,” said the Ministry of Health.
“Not far behind in reaching 90% fully vaccinated for their eligible Māori populations are Canterbury and Auckland DHBs, who may get there next week.”
42% of the population currently eligible have now received their booster shot. “We are strongly recommending boosters for anyone over the age of 18 who had their second vaccine dose at least four months ago.”
The ministry has advised people that as part of the country’s “collective preparations” for the omicron variant that they should check their details are up to date with their regular healthcare provider and in the Covid-19 Tracer app.
There are currently 34 people in hospital with Covid-19, including two in intensive care.
Today’s case details
There are nine cases to report in Auckland today. Health providers are now supporting 878 people in the region to isolate at home, including 180 cases.
There are three new cases in Waikato, two are linked to previous cases and one is under investigation. One is in Ngāruawāhia, one in Whiritoa and one location remains under investigation.
“Two new locations of interest were confirmed in Whitianga and Hamilton and will be added to the Ministry’s locations of interest page,” said the ministry.
There are five cases to report in the Bay of Plenty today – all in the Tauranga area. Four of these cases are close contacts of previously reported cases and interviews continue to determine a link for the fifth case. All cases are isolating at home or in managed accommodation.
The two new cases in Rotorua are both linked to previously reported cases. All cases are isolating at home or in managed accommodation.
There are four cases to report in South Wairarapa today. All four cases are isolating in the same house. These four cases have links to two new cases in Lower Hutt. The two Lower Hutt cases are from the same household. They had been in Rotorua recently and further investigations and genome sequencing is underway to confirm the source of infection.
“Public health staff are working to determine any locations of interest arising from the cases in Hutt Valley and Wairarapa. Please keep checking the Ministry’s website for regular updates,” advised the ministry.
Finally, there are three new cases in Canterbury – all are household contacts in Christchurch. One of these cases was initially reported yesterday but is being officially added to the case numbers today. Two are linked to a previously reported case. The third remains under investigation.
“There will be further locations of interest from around Canterbury, following travel over the holiday break. These will be updated regularly, along with health advice, on the Ministry’s locations of interest page.”