Saturday, December 4

Covid-19: 22 new community cases while the government decides alert levels

There are 22 new cases of Covid-19 in the community today, confirmed the Ministry of Health.

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Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas

In a statement, the ministry said there was also a new case at the border: from the UK. The cases arrived on September 10 via the United Arab Emirates and are now in a quarantine facility in Auckland.

Three of the new cases are in Whakatīwai, but they are counted in the Auckland total, the ministry said.

That brings the total number of community cases in the current outbreak to 1,071. There are 1,051 in Auckland (677 of which have recovered) and 17 in Wellington (all have recovered).

The ministry said that 17 of the 22 new community cases today have been epidemiologically linked. Five have yet to be linked.

“Of the five currently unrelated cases, three are from a household; the other two are being interviewed.

“Of the 22 new cases today, 10 were already in quarantine when they were evaluated.”

In total, 1039 cases in the current group have been linked epidemiologically (12 disconnected from the last fortnight).

There are 10 epidemiologically linked subgroups. Of these, two are active, seven are contained, and one is inactive.

The new one is associated with two homes in south Auckland, the ministry said.

The ministry said there are also 10 epidemiologically unrelated subgroups. Of these, two are active, three are contained, and five are inactive.

There are currently 16 cases in the hospital: one in the North Shore, five in Auckland and 10 in Middlemore. Four are in ICU or HDU.

The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began is 3,725.

There have also been a total of 151 out of 1908 historical cases since January 1, 2021.

Worker Update on SO / Auckland Hotel MIQ

The ministry said that after further investigation, including retesting, the positive Covid-19 test result returned by the worker at the SO Hotel MIQ facility last week was determined to be a false positive.

“The individual has been notified and may be released from the quarantine facility today.

“As a result, the net increase in community cases today is 21.”

Seven interesting suburbs

Testing in the seven suburbs continues with 946 tests conducted yesterday at Mt Eden, Massey, Māngere, Favona, Papatoetoe, Ōtara and Manurewa, the ministry said.

“The Ministry has asked people in these areas, both with and without symptoms, to get tested to help rule out undetected community transmission. Today we are asking in particular that anyone living in Clover Park, on the side southeast of Papatoetoe, please get tested. “

The ministry said there has been good attendance from the community for the tests in Kaiaua this morning. As of 11 a.m. today, they had been taking 150 swabs. Waikato DHB has reported wait times of about 30 minutes.

Sewage test

Following confirmation of the three cases in northern Hauraki, ESR is taking samples from Kawakawa Bay and Pukekohe, the ministry said. Samples are being collected from three sites in the region.

“In addition, new samples are being collected from Cambridge, Ngatea and Paeroa. Results are expected later in the week.”

Yesterday, the ministry reported 24 cases of Covid-19.

And last night, three members of the house of a remand inmate with Covid-19 tested positive for the virus in Waikato.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Chief Health Officer Dr. Ashley Bloomfield will announce any changes to the alert level at 4pm Parliament.

Today is Auckland’s 33rd day on lockdown since Level 4 was declared at 11:59 p.m. M. From August 17.

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