- There are 91 new cases of Covid-19 in the community today.
- The prime minister has tested negative for Covid-19 after sharing a flight with an omicron case.
There are 17 new cases in Waikato today, with eight linked to previous cases and seven under investigation. Nine are in Hamilton, four in Morrinsville, one in Cambridge and one in Paeroa. Two remain under investigation.
Three new cases are being reported in Rotorua today, all household contacts of previously reported omicron cases.
There is one new case in Tauranga, a household contact of a previously reported omicron case.
There is one new case in Tairāwhiti, linked to an existing case and the Soundsplash music festival in Hamilton. A further four cases are being announced today, but will be officially added to the ministry’s case numbers tomorrow. Three of these cases are also linked to existing cases and Soundsplash. The other is still being investigated.
Two new cases are being reported in Hawke’s Bay, both with links established to a previously reported delta case.
There is one new case in Wellington, linked to an event in Auckland. “Case investigations are under way to identify exposure events that link to this case,” said the ministry. “Continue to check for new locations of interest in the Wellington region on the Ministry of Health’s website.”
Meanwhile, whole genome sequencing has confirmed a case in the Hutt Valley reported yesterday has the omicron variant.
“With recent positive wastewater test results in Porirua treatment plant, we urge anyone who lives in Porirua and Wellington’s northern suburbs to get a test if they feel unwell with Covid-19 like symptoms.”
There are 10 people in hospital with Covid-19 today, none requiring intensive care. Thirty-nine Covid-19 cases have been detected in MIQ.