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Covid-19: 198 new cases in Delta outbreak across six regions


There are 198 new cases of Covid-19 in the Delta outbreak, across six regions.

The Ministry of Health gave the update in a statement on Friday afternoon.

There are new cases in Auckland (152), Northland (5), Waikato (30), Bay of Plenty (six), Wairarapa (one) and Canterbury (one).

There are 198 new cases of Covid-19 across New Zealand, across Auckland, Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Wairarapa and Canterbury.

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There are 198 new cases of Covid-19 across New Zealand, across Auckland, Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Wairarapa and Canterbury.

The ministry announced that a weak positive Covid-19 result was picked up as part of routine surveillance testing in Wellington – an essential worker from Auckland, working in the city.

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The result could indicate a historical case or a case in the earlier stages of infection, the ministry said.

The worker is having a repeat test on Friday, and officials are following up with the workplace to test co-workers.

A case announced yesterday in the Bay of Plenty has officially been added to Friday’s tally, as well as a case in Ashurst.

The ministry said a case reported in Levin on Thursday has been reclassified as a Wairarapa case.

As of Friday, 76 people are in hospital with Covid-19 – six of whom are in intensive care or high dependency care units.

Of those in hospital in the Northern region (as of Wednesday, the most recent data released by the ministry) 47 cases (57 per cent) were unvaccinated or not eligible.

Nine people (11 per cent) were partially vaccinated, having had their first dose within 14 days of becoming a case, and 10 (12 per cent) had their first dose more than 14 days before getting Covid-19.

Twelve people (14 per cent) were fully vaccinated, and had their second dose more than 14 days before contracting the virus, and three (4 per cent) had their second dose within the 14 days.

Six people are in intensive care or high dependency care units due to Covid-19.

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Six people are in intensive care or high dependency care units due to Covid-19.

The vaccination status of a further two people is unknown.

The average age of those in hospital is 50.

Public health staff are now supporting 5200 people to isolate at home in Auckland, including 2035 positive cases.

The 152 new cases in Tāmaki Makaurau on Friday bring the region’s total in the Delta outbreak to 6102.

The ministry has also confirmed that the woman in her 80s who died on Thursday at Middlemore Hospital was a resident of the Edmonton Meadows Care Home, which has had a cluster of cases in staff and residents.

Of the three new cases in Northland one is a close contact in Kaitaia; one is a close contact in Whangārei with a “clear” link to an Auckland case, and one is in Waipu.

A weak-positive Covid result in Wellington is being investigated.

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A weak-positive Covid result in Wellington is being investigated.

Public health interviews regarding the Waipu case are underway.

There are 30 new cases in Waikato – bringing the region’s total in the outbreak to 214.

Three hundred people are isolating at home across Waikato, including 115 cases and 185 contacts.

There are two new cases in Lakes, including one in Taupō who is a household contact of a known case.

A second case being reported is under investigation, and may reside outside the district.

Of the six new cases reported in Bay of Plenty, one lives in Tauranga and four are in Mount Maunganui. One was first announced on Thursday.

All but one are household contacts of known cases. Links between the remaining Mount Maunganui cases and known cases remain under investigation.

A Bay of Plenty school linked to one of the cases has been closed on Friday as a “precaution”, and all students and staff are being offered tests.

There is one new case to report in Christchurch on Friday.

The case recently travelled to the North Island, and a “probable” link to another case is being investigated, the ministry said.

Every new case is an “urgent reminder” to get tested if you’re feeling unwell. Testing at high numbers will help to minimise and contain the spread of Covid in Christchurch, it said.

As of Friday, Auckland DHB was just 101 second doses off having 90 per cent of its eligible population fully vaccinated. It will be the first health board in the country to meet the milestone.

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As of Friday, Auckland DHB was just 101 second doses off having 90 per cent of its eligible population fully vaccinated. It will be the first health board in the country to meet the milestone.

Covid-19 has been detected in wastewater samples collected from Pahiatua on Monday and Tuesday, but was not detected in a sample taken on Wednesday.

Testing is underway at a number of sites across the region, including Feilding and Dannevirke, with results due next week.

The ministry urged anyone in the area with symptoms – no matter how mild – to be tested, even if they are vaccinated.

Of the 198 new cases on Friday, 88 were yet to be epidemiologically linked to the outbreak.

In the past 14 days, 832 cases remain unlinked.

Public health teams are managing 5843 active contacts: 70 per cent have been called by contact tracers to confirm testing and isolation requirements and 52 per cent have returned at least one test result.

It comes as Auckland District Health Board is just 101 doses away from being the first health board in the country to fully vaccinate 90 per cent of its eligible (12+) population.

More than 20,660 doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine were given across Aotearoa on Thursday, including 6635 first and 14,028 second doses.

To date, 7.29 million doses have been administered.

Ninety-one per cent of Kiwis over the age of 12 have had their first dose, and 82 per cent are fully vaccinated.



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