There are 173 new community cases of Covid-19.
Of these, 154 are in Auckland, 15 are in Waikato, one is in Northland, two are in Bay of Plenty and one is in Lakes DHB. There is also a new case in Canterbury: a known household contact who was already in isolation. This case will officially be included in tomorrow’s case tally.
There are no additional cases to report today in Wairarapa, Wellington, Hawke’s Bay, MidCentral or Taranaki.
There are now 78 people with Covid-19 in hospital, including seven in intensive care.
Of today’s new cases, 81 remain unlinked to the wider outbreak while there are now 890 mystery cases from the past fortnight.
Meanwhile, finance minister Grant Robertson confirmed the eighth round of the wage subsidy opened for applications this morning, as did applications for the sixth round of the resurgence payment. Bookings are also open for those who wish to have the AstraZeneca vaccine instead of the Pfizer shot, added Robertson.
Today’s case details
There is one new case to report in Northland today: a child linked to an Auckland case who has been isolating. A case in Ruakaka reported yesterday has now been linked to the outbreak. “Anyone living in or near Ruakaka with symptoms that could be Covid-19 is urged to get a test,” said the Ministry of Health.
Covid-19 was also detected in a wastewater sample collected from Kaiwaka on November 18. Processing of the sample began on November 22, however, the result was delayed due to a technical issue. Testing is currently in progress for a further sample.
Covid-19 was also detected in a sample collected from Opononi on November 23, believed to be linked to active cases in Hokianga.
In Waikato, there were 15 cases confirmed in Waikato overnight. Six are in Huntly, four are in Hamilton, three are in Te Kūiti, and two are in Ngāruawāhia. All cases have been linked to previous cases.
The new Bay of Plenty cases were confirmed in Tauranga. One is a close contact of a previously confirmed case and is already in isolation. The second person being reported today returned a positive result after receiving a test in Tauranga, so is being included in the Bay of Plenty case numbers, however, they usually live in Waikato. “The person will be transferred safely back to their home in Waikato,” said the ministry.
The new Lakes DHB case is based in Rotorua. The case is a close contact of a previously reported case and has been in isolation.
Finally, there is the one new Canterbury case that will officially be tallied tomorrow. This person has been classified as a low risk to public health. They’re a household contact of a previously confirmed case and are already in managed isolation.