Covid update: 173 new cases, one in Canterbury

Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson and Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay announced the new Covid-19 numbers today.

Dr McElnay confirmed there were 173 new community cases of Covid-19, and one new case in Canterbury that will be added to the total tally tomorrow.

There are 154 cases in Auckland, 15 in Waikato, one in Northland, two in Bay of Plenty and one in the Lakes DHB area. 

There are no additional cases to report today in Wairarapa, Wellington, Hawke’s Bay, MidCentral or Taranaki.

There are 78 cases in hospital and seven of these are in ICU or HDU.

Dr McElnay confirmed the new Canterbury case is a known household contact and has been in isolation before testing positive, she said.

The case was confirmed after the 9am cut off time for today's total, so will be included in tomorrow's case numbers.

There were 18,092 vaccine doses administered yesterday, made up of 6319 first doses and 11,773 second doses. To date, 92% of eligible people in New Zealand have had their first dose and 85% are fully vaccinated. More than 3.55 million people in New Zealand are double vaccinated.

There is one new case to report in Northland today. This is a child who is linked to an Auckland case who has been isolating.

An unlinked in Ruakaka reported yesterday has now been linked.

There were 15 cases confirmed in Waikato overnight - six in Huntly, four in Hamilton, three in Te Kūiti, and two in Ngāruawāhia.

All cases have been linked to previous cases. 

One of the cases detected in the Bay of Plenty today is based in the Tauranga area and is a close contact of a previously confirmed case. They’re already in isolation.

The second person being reported today returned a positive result after receiving a test in Tauranga.

However, they usually live in Waikato – the person will be transferred safely back to their home in Waikato.

There is one new case to report in Lakes, based in Rotorua. The case is a close contact of a previously reported case and has been in isolation.

 

 

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