Covid update: 178 new cases, death of person in their 50s

There are 178 new community cases of Covid-19 and a new death the Ministry of Health has announced today.

The new cases are in Auckland (149), Waikato (16), Northland (2), Bay of Plenty (9), Lakes (1), MidCentral (1).

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

Two previously reported community cases have been reclassified to ’not a case’ and so the net increase is 176 community cases.

Another death of someone with Covid-19 has also been confirmed.

"Sadly, today we are reporting the COVID-19-related death of a patient at Auckland City Hospital yesterday afternoon.

The patient, who was in their late 50s, was admitted to hospital on November 5.

"Our thoughts are with the patient’s whānau and friends at this deeply sad time."

The new cases in Northland are in Whangārei and Ruakaka. 

There are 16 news cases being reported in Waikato today. Eight are in Te Kūiti, five in Huntly and three in Kawhia. All cases are linked to known cases.

One case reported yesterday has now been confirmed as being in Piopio, south-west of Te Kūiti.

Today there are 9 new cases today in the Bay of Plenty, all in the Tauranga area.

Six of the cases are known close contacts and were already in isolation. Interviews with the remaining cases are underway to determine the source of their infection.

A case announced yesterday in Eastern Bay of Plenty is self-isolating and being supported by Tuhoe Hauora.

The new case in the Lakes DHB area is in Rotorua.

The new MidCentral case being reported today is in Pahīatua, bringing the total number cases in the region to five.

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