Covid-19 update: 206 new community cases reported today
A record 206 new community cases of Covid-19 were reported in New Zealand today, as the total number of vaccinations in that country exceeds 7 million.
There was no press conference today. In a statement, the Department of Health said there were 200 cases in Auckland, four in Waikato and two in Northland.
The ministry said 159 were not yet linked to previous cases, with 623 unrelated cases in the past 14 days.
The two new cases in Northland – both of which are close contacts of past cases – bring the total number of cases in the region to 17. Two of the four new cases in Waikato have been linked to earlier cases.
The ministry said the 206 community cases reported today are “a reminder of the infectivity of Covid-19, and in particular the Delta variant, and the importance of vaccination as the number one protection against the virus”.
There are now 73 people hospitalized with the coronavirus, including seven in intensive care. The average age of people hospitalized is 51 years old.
A new case was also reported at the border today.
Yesterday, 163 new community cases were reported in New Zealand, up from 139 on Thursday. There was also a second death of a person with Covid-19 isolated at home reported yesterday.
There have now been 4,240 cases in the current community outbreak and 6,981 since the start of the pandemic.
Seven million doses administered
The ministry said 7,007,962 doses were administered – 3,744,702 first doses and 3,263,260 second doses.
“This is an important milestone as we strive to meet our goal of fully immunizing 90% of eligible people in each DHB. “
Auckland DHB only needs 15,284 more people to get their second shot and hit the 90% target.
“We urge anyone over the age of 12 who has not yet been vaccinated or who received their first dose at least three weeks ago to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated – it has never been easier . “
There were 27,892 doses administered yesterday, including 6,422 first doses and 21,470 second doses.
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The ministry also confirmed last night that sewage samples in Gisborne and Napier tested positive for Covid-19.
He said today that more samples will be collected over the next few days with results expected next week.
“At this point, the detections are not linked to any known cases of Covid-19, which could indicate that there are undetected cases in these communities.
“We are asking anyone with symptoms in these places – no matter how light – to get tested, especially anyone who has traveled outside of these areas recently.”
Tangi from Porirua
Health officials are also encouraging people involved in a tangi in Porirua on Wednesday this week to get tested for Covid-19, the ministry said.
“Their assessment is that the risks to the general public are low following reports from a person who tested positive in Auckland last month and who traveled from Auckland to Porirua. Their 14-day quarantine period.”
But Wellington Regional Public Health recommends testing those related to tangi, especially if they show symptoms.