There are 178 new community cases of Covid-19. Of those, 149 are in Auckland, 16 are in Waikato, nine are in Bay of Plenty, two are in Northland, one is in the Lakes DHB area and one is in MidCentral.
There has also been another Covid-related death: a patient in their 50s who was admitted to Auckland City Hospital on November 5.
Of the two Northland cases, one is based in Whangārei and linked to a known case. The other is Ruakākā and yet to be linked. In response to the Ruakākā case, a pop-up testing site is opening this afternoon at the Ruakākā Racecourse.
Of the 16 new cases in Waikato, eight are in Te Kūiti, five are in Huntly and three are in Kawhia. All cases are linked to known cases. One case reported yesterday has now been confirmed as being in Piopio, south-west of Te Kūiti.
In the Waikato region, health staff are now supporting 144 cases to isolate at home.
The nine new cases in the Bay of Plenty are all in the Tauranga area. Six are known close contacts and were already in isolation. Interviews with the remaining cases are under way to determine the source of their infection.
The new Lakes case is based in Rotorua.
A case announced yesterday in eastern Bay of Plenty is self-isolating and being supported by Tūhoe Hauora. Additional testing is available at the Nukuhou North Settlers hall until 4pm today. Testing will also be available at Med Central in Whakatāne today from 9am-4pm.
The new MidCentral case is in Pahīatua, and comes after multiple wastewater detections of the virus from samples taken in Pahīatua in the past fortnight. The source of the infection is unknown and investigations are under way. Initial case interviews have identified a small number of household contacts, who are isolating with tests arranged, and seven initial locations of interest across and Pahīatua and Palmerston North, which have been added to the ministry’s website. Further locations are expected.
There are 77 people in hospital, including eight in ICU.