There are 205 new cases of Covid-19 across the North Island.
Of those, 175 are in Auckland, 20 are in Waikato, four are in Northland, five in Bay of Plenty and one is in the Lakes DHB area.
There is also one new case in Palmerston North, linked to a previous case, which will be included in tomorrow’s official tally. “Anyone in the Pahiatua area who has even the mildest of Covid symptoms is encouraged to have a Covid swab given the positive wastewater results on November 15, 16 and 18,” said the Ministry of Health.
There are currently 85 people in hospital with Covid-19, including six in intensive care.
There is also one more Covid-related death to report: a man in his 40s who died at Middlemore Hospital.
Today’s case details
There are 20 new cases being reported in Waikato today. Testing sites are operating across Waikato today in Hamilton, Ôtorohanga, Huntly, Thames, Te Kûiti, Tokoroa, and Putāruru.
There were 2,106 tests processed in Waikato yesterday and 639 vaccinations. Yesterday, the region passed 90% of the eligible population having had their first dose.
There are five new cases being reported in the Bay of Plenty today. Four of these cases are linked to existing cases in Mount Manganui. Investigations are underway into any possible links between the remaining case and any known cases.
The new case in the Lakes are is in Taupō and is a close contact of a known case.
There are four new cases in Northland being reported today. Three of these are in Kaikohe and are linked to an existing case. The fourth case is a border worker who has not yet been linked to a known case. “Public health officials are today interviewing this case to determine whether they are a community or a border-related case, and to identify any locations of interest,” said the ministry.