The number of new cases of Covid-19 has climbed to triple digits, with 106 new community cases reported in New Zealand today.
In a statement, the health ministry said there were 77 people hospitalized with the coronavirus, including seven in intensive care.
New cases have been reported in Northland (3), Auckland (93), Waikato (8), Whanganui (1) and Canterbury (1).
The three new cases in Northland include two that are close contacts of previously reported cases in Kaitaia and have already been isolated.
The third case is a Whangārei-based essential worker who regularly travels to Auckland for work. They were detected during routine surveillance tests.
The eight new cases in Waikato include two in Hamilton, two in Te Kūiti, three in Piopio (near Te Kūiti), and one in Huntly. Seven of the cases have been linked to previous cases.
The Whanganui District Health Council last night confirmed its first case of Covid-19 in the current outbreak in Delta.
The ministry said today it appeared the case had recently left the city and likely would have links to previously reported cases outside the region.
They became symptomatic on Thursday and were tested on Friday before receiving their results yesterday. The person was isolated in a dedicated community facility.
The ministry said a number of places of interest have already been released today and more are expected this afternoon. on the ministry page.
The only new case added to today’s tally was revealed yesterday and has been clearly linked to other cases in the Nelson-Tasman area.
Canterbury DHB said as soon as the person learned of their contact, they were tested and had been in isolation at home since that time.
“The person’s quick actions have reduced the chances of spreading and underscores the importance of getting tested immediately if you’ve been to a place of interest, are identified as a contact or possible contact of a case, or if you have a cold or flu-like symptoms. “
Two more cases in Canterbury will be added to tomorrow’s tally. They include a young child from the same household as yesterday’s case and another close contact from yesterday’s case.
Two cases of controlled isolation have also been reported today, one in Ireland and the other in England.
Yesterday there were 98 new community-based Covid-19 cases in New Zealand, with cases in Auckland, Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, Nelson Tasman and Canterbury. There were 92 new cases on Friday, the first time they were in double digits in more than a month.
There are now 9,037 cases of Covid-19 in the current community epidemic and 11,825 since the start of the pandemic.
The ministry said 67 of today’s new cases have yet to be linked.
The ministry said two DHBs – Auckland and Capital & Coast – have now reached the milestone of 90 percent of their eligible Maori population having received their first vaccination.
“This is closely followed by four other DHBs – Waitemata, MidCentral, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHB, all with vaccination rates of the eligible Maori population equal to or greater than 87% for the first vaccinations.
“We continue to move closer to the 90 percent immunization milestone with 88 percent of the total nationally eligible population (aged 12 and over) now fully immunized.”
Yesterday, 26,957 doses of vaccine were administered: 5,636 first doses; 13,998 second doses; 253 third primary doses; and 7070 booster doses.
“If you are not vaccinated, now is the time, because vaccination is the number one defense against Covid-19. Your DHB or your local health care provider will have plenty of opportunities for this to happen.”