Saturday, December 4

Covid-19 update: 75 new community cases in New Zealand today

There are 75 new cases of Covid-19 in the community, reported the Ministry of Health.

01092021 PHOTO: ROBERT KITCHIN / STUFF LR: Covid 19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins and Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield celebrate the Covid Update at 1pm in Parliament's Beehive Theater.

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Speaking at today’s government briefing, Health Director General Ashley Bloomfield said one of the new cases was in Wellington and the rest in Auckland.

Wellington’s case is a family contact, he had been isolated and remains asymptomatic. Dr Bloomfield said it showed the importance of staying isolated and undergoing the day 14 test.

A new case was reported at the border.

49 new community cases were reported yesterday, a drop since Monday.

Dr. Bloomfield said there was no cause for alarm with an increase in cases since yesterday.

He said the R-value, based on the latest model, is still promising. There is a 90 percent chance that it will stay below 1, showing that the lock continues to work and the drive chains are breaking.

Bloomfield said that with yesterday’s cases, 57 percent were contacts from an existing case and 75 percent did not create any exposure events.

Watch today’s briefing here:

There are 32 people in the hospital. Eight are in intensive care and three are on ventilation. They are all in Auckland hospitals: 13 in Middlemore, 14 in Auckland City and 5 on the North Shore.

The number of cases in the current community outbreak has risen to 687.

Demand for testing in Auckland remains strong with over 6,500 tests yesterday in the Auckland region.

About 40 supermarkets in Auckland are being added to the locations of interest, Bloomfield said. The events are considered low risk, but people who have been there should be on the lookout for symptoms.

Sewage test results show no unexpected detections, and a sample from Point Moa in Wellington has returned negative for the first time since August 18.

The tests in Northland suggest that the region could go to alert level 3 tomorrow night, he said.

Bloomfield said the testers processed its three millionth test yesterday.

Overnight, most of the country, from the southern outskirts of Auckland south, changed from alert level 4 to 3. For many, that means take-out and take-out coffees are back on the menu. , and many providers have improvised to find ways to open while following the new rules.

Auckland is at level 4 until September 14, and Northland is likely to drop to level 3 starting at 11:59 pm on Thursday. Here’s a reminder of the rules at alert level 3 and alert level 4.

Police have set up five checkpoints on the southern outskirts of Auckland, to verify that those who cross the region’s border can do so. So far, they said compliance has been good, with minimal delays for travelers.

Talking to Morning report Today, Dr Bloomfield said that to keep vaccination rates high, if additional vaccines cannot be obtained until September, the implementation of vaccination may be slowed down in the rest of the country to maintain a high rate in Auckland.

He rejected criticism that Auckland hospitals were not well prepared for large numbers of Covid-19 patients and said the builders were working on two Auckland hospitals, including work to create a designated area for Covid-19 patients.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff is urging residents to get vaccinated against Covid-19, with the release now open to everyone over the age of 12, and the Delta variant affects people of all ages.

He says that a higher level of community vaccination is the key to beating the disease, preventing deaths and paving the way to open the border.

Contact tracing locations of interest continue to be updated, and can be consulted here.

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