Community cases of delta have dropped to 80 today, with 51 in Auckland, 21 in Waikato, seven in Bay of Plenty and just one in the Lakes DHB area.
While the case numbers overall have taken a dip, that’s a significant surge in Waikato cases compared with the last few days.
There is also an additional case in Canterbury today, which will be officially counted in tomorrow’s case numbers.
Meanwhile, New Zealand has had its first brush with the omicron variant. Several members of a flight crew have been identified as close contacts of an omicron case in Australia. These crew members arrived in New Zealand last night and are in a MIQ facility, as per standard international air crew arrival procedure.
There are now 62 people in hospital with Covid-19, including four in intensive care.
At 11.59pm tonight, Auckland’s border will drop for the first time since the country entered lockdown on August 17.
Today’s case details
There are 21 new cases to report in the Waikato. A large proportion of the new cases are in Te Kūiti. “Exposure events in Te Kūiti and across the region continue to be generally in private settings,” said the Ministry of Health. “We are grateful to all those who have been helping to keep our community safe by getting tested and encourage anyone with symptoms to contact Healthline or their GP and seek a test.”
Nine pop-up and dedicated testing sites are operating throughout Waikato today with sites in Hamilton, Te Kūiti, Ngāruawāhia, Huntly, Tokoroa, Putāruru and Ōtorohanga.
Today’s seven new Bay of Plenty cases are all in Tauranga City. One is linked to a previously reported case, while the other cases are still being investigated for potential links. Contacts are being identified and will be contacted for testing and isolation advice.
The new Lakes case is in the Taupō district and is linked to a previously reported case.
Finally, there is one case to announce in Christchurch today. The case is a close contact of a previously reported case and was already isolating at home when they tested positive. The case was notified after the morning cut-off and therefore will be officially included in tomorrow’s case numbers.