Saturday, November 27

Covid-19 Update: 70 New Community Cases As Closure Decision Looms

There have been 70 new cases of Covid-19 in the community reported in New Zealand today, as the government considers whether to extend the national lockdown.

A testing station for the Assembly of God congregations in Māngere.

Photo: RNZ / Marika Khabazi

In a statement, the Health Ministry said there were 19 community cases in the hospital, including one in the ICU. All were in stable condition.

He said the total number of cases related to the current community outbreak ranged from 347 to 333 in Auckland and 14 in Wellington.

The ministry said there were 278 cases that were clear epidemiological links to another case or subgroup. Links had not yet been fully established for 69 other cases.

Of these 70 new cases, 44 were people from the Pacific, 11 were Asian, six were European, six were Maori, and the ethnicity of three was unknown.

The total number of active cases in New Zealand was currently 384 and there have been a total of 2,941 cases in Aotearoa.

Yesterday the Ministry of Health announced 68 new cases. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the lockdown was taking effect as health authorities had not seen a spread beyond Auckland and Wellington.

The cabinet will decide today whether or not to extend the national blockade from midnight or to allow the regions to reduce alert levels.

A press conference announcing that decision will be held at 3 pm.

Today no cases of managed isolation have been reported.

The ministry also said today that the confirmed case was a staff member in the dementia ward at Amberlea Home and Hospital Care Facility working two shifts while unknowingly infectious.

“They are fully vaccinated and adhere to a strict Infection, Prevention and Control protocol, which includes the use of face coverings and other personal protective equipment. A mobile test unit will be operating in Amberlea today and all residents will be asked to do so. and staff to get tested. “

There were no unexpected Covid-19 detections in New Zealand wastewater to report, with continued positive results in Warkworth, Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch.

“Covid-19 was detected in a sample collected Tuesday from Warkworth, but nearby areas, including Snells / Algies, remain negative. In the Wellington region, the virus is still only being detected in samples collected from Moa Point and likely reflects the spread of known cases the virus.

“An additional sample collected from Christchurch collected on Wednesday was processed today and returned a positive result. As reported yesterday, this result is consistent with the spread of the virus from those cases in isolation and quarantine facilities managed in Christchurch, however it is they are conducting further testing from a variety of sites in Christchurch. “

The ministry said 90,757 vaccines were administered yesterday, including 65,541 first doses and 25,216 second doses, the highest daily total to date.

In this country, more than 3.11 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered: 2 million first doses and more than 1.1 million second doses.

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