There are 76 new community cases of Covid-19 today. Of those, 47 are in Auckland, 15 in Waikato, 10 in Bay of Plenty, three in Taranaki and one is in the Lakes DHB area.
There are now 51 people in hospital with Covid-19, including five in intensive care.
No new omicron cases have been confirmed after a traveller from Germany tested positive for the new variant in MIQ. Two other travellers have, however, tested positive for Covid-19 and genomic sequencing is now under way.
Meanwhile, a positive wastewater result has been confirmed in a sample taken in Napier on December 15. “This could be due to recently recovered cases returning to the region who are shedding the virus, transient visitors, or it could signal undetected cases in the community,” said the ministry. “There are no known Covid-19 cases self-isolating in Napier.”
Today’s case details
There are 47 new cases being reported in Auckland. Health and welfare providers are now supporting 2,064 people to isolate at home, including 538 cases.
Of today’s 15 cases in Waikato, six are in Hamilton and six are in Te Kūiti. The locations of the three remaining cases are still under investigation. There are two cases receiving care at Waikato Hospital.
There are 10 cases to report in Bay of Plenty today. All are in the Tauranga area. Of today’s cases, nine are linked to previously reported cases, and one is 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 Rotorua and is a contact of a previously reported case. They are currently isolating.
Finally, three new cases have been confirmed in Taranaki. Two are linked to the Eltham cluster and the third is based in New Plymouth. These cases were announced yesterday afternoon by the DHB.
“Public health staff are interviewing the New Plymouth case to determine links to any previously reported cases,” said the ministry. “Any potential close contacts will be followed up and if and when locations of interest are identified they will be added to the ministry’s website.”
Testing is available today at the following locations:
- Taranaki Base Hospital testing centre from 9am – 3pm
- Saliva testing at the Hāwera Hub from 2 – 6pm (run by Ngati Ruanui)