Eight new cases in Invercargill, five in Queenstown

Eight of the Southern District Health Board area's 17 new Covid-19 cases are in Invercargill.

The SDHB released the updated figures this evening, which also include five new cases in the Queenstown Lakes area, three in Central Otago and one in Gore.

It brings the area to a total of 177 cases, more than double the national rate of Covid-19 cases per population.

Photo: Southern District Health Board
Photo: Southern District Health Board

Across New Zealand there were 67 new cases, bringing the total number to 1106. Of the new cases 17 were in the South - the biggest rise of anywhere in New Zealand - bringing the total in the SDHB area to 177.

There were 13 Covid-19 patients in hospital as of this morning, including three in ICU. One person is in hospital in the SDHB area and they are in Southland Hospital.

With 17 new cases, the SDHB area had the most new cases, followed by Waitemata, which had ten new cases.

Source: Ministry of Health
Source: Ministry of Health

The cases in the SDHB area are made up of 163 confirmed cases and 14 probable cases.

The SDHB area now has 53.7 cases per 100,000, which is well above the DHB with the second highest rate of cases, which is Waikato with 35 cases per 100,000.

It is more than double the national rate, which stands at almost 24 cases per 100,000.

Based on Ministry of Health data, which includes DHB population estimates.
Based on Ministry of Health data, which includes DHB population estimates.

The SDHB area also continues to have the most cases in total of any DHB area in New Zealand and Dr Ashley Bloomfield said today the South has among the most number of cases where the cause of transmission remains undetermined.

Currently across New Zealand 2% of cases are being attributed to community transmission, while the source of transmission is still being investigated for 17% of cases.

The areas where there were the most number of cases still being investigated were in the Southern and Waikato DHB areas and the Auckland metro region, Dr Bloomfield said.

"We are going to be working with them over the next day or two, to look at each of those cases under investigation to determine if they can, or should be classified as community transmission."

DHBNumber of casesChange in last 24 hours
Bay of Plenty321
Capital and Coast800
Counties Manukau814
Hawke's Bay334
Hutt Valley191
Nelson Marlborough405
South Canterbury100
West Coast40

Meanwhile, the number of cases linked to the Bluff wedding cluster has climbed by four to 62.

The number of cases linked to the World Hereford Conference, held in Queenstown, remains at 32.

Clusters under investigationLocationTotal to dateNew in last 24 hours
Group travel to USWellington160
Cruise shipHawke's Bay160
Unknown originChristchurch155
Group travel overseasAuckland153
Unknown originAuckland152
Rest homeWaikato140



Yip. Higher proportion of travelers and cooler climate.
An extra couple of weeks lockdown would be ok by me if it means we are Wuhan free for the winter.
Economic damage is done, worldwide, so we might as well have a virus free country for our efforts.

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