No Covid update from Ministry of Health today

A Covid-19 testing station in Auckland. Photo: NZ Herald
A Covid-19 testing station in Auckland. Photo: NZ Herald
Health officials will not be releasing latest case numbers today, in spite of the growing number of Omicron cases at the border and fears it will be days before infections spill into the community.

The Ministry of Health has elected to defer issuing a statement until tomorrow, a move arranged last year.

The next Covid-19 update will be tomorrow at 1pm.

Yesterday there were 35 community cases ranging across the upper half of the North Island and including Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua and Taupō.

On Friday there were 37 people in hospital, just three of them requiring critical care, one of the lowest tallies in recent months.

At the same time there were 24 new cases at the border. The ministry did not reveal which variant the latest infections had.

However, this week when there were 66 new cases in two days the ministry said the likelihood was that Omicron would continue to be the most prevalent variant at our borders.

"This variant of Covid-19 continues to be having a significant impact globally, so it is not unexpected to see an increase of Omicron cases at the border," the ministry said.

Petrol station exposure site

This morning health officials listed an Otaki petrol station where a Covid-positive person was picked up by police after leaving a property in the Bay of Plenty where they were meant to be isolating.

A ministry spokesperson confirmed police were called to help find an infected person who was found not to be self-isolating at their given address.

Stuff has reported the person was travelling to Dunedin. 

The BP Connect Otaki on the Main Highway is now a potential exposure site between 4.24pm and 4.32pm yesterday, Friday, January 7.

Those who were filling up with petrol at the same time are being advised to self-monitor for Covid-19 symptoms for the next 10 days.

At the same time the Ministry of Health have declined to give further details on a second New Year's Eve potential super spreader event in Auckland.

The Britomart Block Party was identified as a location of interest with partygoers who saw the new year in at the venue told to watch for Covid symptoms for 10 days after they were exposed to the virus, and get tested if symptoms arose.

It comes days after the Long Room Nightclub on Ponsonby Rd was named as an exposure site after a Covid-infected person attended a new year's party at the popular inner-city venue.

A Ministry of Health spokesperson said officials wouldn't be sharing further information about particular exposure events, other than what was detailed on the locations of interest webpage.

There were no compelling public health reasons to do so, the spokesperson said.

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