- The prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has entered self-isolation after sharing a flight from Kerikeri to Auckland with an omicron case last weekend.
- There are 97 new community cases of Covid-19 today.
- Only 11 more cases since yesterday have been confirmed as omicron, taking the total to to 116, but that is expected to grow.
- There are cases being treated as omicron in Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Hawke’s Bay, MidCentral, Canterbury, Tairāwhiti and Nelson-Tasman.
- 39 cases have now been connected to the Soundsplash festival in Hamilton, including cases in Northland, Tairāwhiti and Hawke’s Bay.
There are four new cases in Northland, three of which came in after the cut-off time and will be reported in tomorrow’s figures.
Three of the cases are in Whangārei and one case is in Kerikeri. All four cases are isolating at home.
Two cases are linked to Soundsplash, said the ministry. Whole genome sequencing will be carried out on these cases but in the meantime, Northland public health staff are treating them as if they are omicron.
Three new locations of interest in Whangārei have been added to the ministry’s website.
Three Soundsplash cases in Tairāwhiti
There are three new cases in Tairāwhiti today, all connected to Soundsplash.
Whole genome sequencing will be carried out on these cases but in the meantime, these cases are being treated as though they are omicron.
Three cases in Hawke’s Bay, one connected to Soundsplash
There are three new cases in Hawke’s Bay. One was announced yesterday and links to the Soundsplash festival have been established, said the ministry. It is being treated as omicron.
Investigations are continuing to determine links for the remaining cases.
Auckland, Waikato and Rotorua
There are 61 new cases in Auckland today, and 14 in Waikato. Of the Waikato cases, 10 have been linked to previous cases and four remain under investigation for links.
There are seven new cases in Rotorua, six of whom are contacts of previously reported cases. The remaining case is being investigated.
Eight new cases in Bay of Plenty, including three onboard container ship
The ministry is reporting eight new Covid-19 cases in the Bay of Plenty, including three cases onboard the Singapore-flagged Maersk Bogor container ship, which is currently under quarantine at the Port of Tauranga.
The ship arrived in port on Friday morning. Some of the 25 crew had experienced Covid-like illness, said the ministry, and testing returned three positive results in the 24-hour period to midnight last night.
No one has been allowed off the ship, said the ministry. It is due to leave port tomorrow.
The five remaining cases are in the western Bay of Plenty. Public health staff are awaiting the results of whole genome sequencing, but in the meantime, the cases are being treated as though they’re omicron.