Saturday, November 27

Covid-19: 14 new cases in the community today – Bloomfield

There are 14 new community cases of Covid-19 in the community today, the Ministry of Health reported.

Ōtara Test Center on Wednesday February 24th.

File photo.
Photo: RNZ / Simon Rogers

In a statement, the ministry said there is also a landmark case on the border.

Thirteen of the current cases have been linked epidemiologically while one is still being investigated.

Today’s number of community cases includes a positive result from Upper Hauraki, which is under a section 70 order. They are a household contact who was tested yesterday, the ministry said.

“Two previously confirmed cases from Saturday and yesterday have now been reclassified as under investigation.”

“As a result, today’s net increase is 13 cases.”

Chief Health Officer Dr. Ashley Bloomfield said they expect another 50 to 60 more cases of household contacts over the next week.

The cases in Upper Hauraki relate to a prisoner who was placed on remand at an address in the Firth of Thames. The government knows who infected the person in custody and on what date, Ardern says. They have joined a task force, she says.

Just over 500 tests have been conducted on the marae at Whakatīwai and all results so far are negative, Bloomfield said.

He strongly encourages people living in the rohe to get vaccinated if they haven’t already. There are two vaccination stations in the area.

Interviews with students from the Mangatangi school are underway, he said.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the best way to eliminate mystery cases is to “try, try, try.”

“It is critical that we maintain those testing rates.”

There is a new testing center at the Manukau Sports Bowl, and they are asking everyone in the Clover Park neighborhood to get tested today.

“Based on a set of cases that we have in Clover Park between which we believe there is a geographic relationship, we are asking everyone in Clover Park to get tested. This is a rigorous and cautious approach.”

People from the suburbs of Mt Eden, Massey, Māngere, Favona, Papatoeotoe, Ōtara, Manurewa are asked to get tested if they have mild symptoms.

About the Pfizer vaccine trial in children ages 5 to 11, Bloomfield said it’s promising news.

He said the government will closely watch the results of this trial.

On Monday, 22 new cases were reported.

Of these, nine have exposure events, while 10 were isolated while infectious.

There are currently a total of 1,085 cases, including 790 that have recovered.

Fifteen people are hospitalized: one on the North Shore, four in Auckland and 10 in Middlemore. Four people are in ICU.

Auckland goes to level 3 at midnight for at least two weeks. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that 90 percent of Auckland residents may have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine by the time the cabinet reviews the city’s Alert Level 3 restrictions on 4 October. October.

More than 50,000 people were vaccinated yesterday, bringing the total number of vaccinations to 4,762,679, including 3,118,082 first doses and 1,644,597 second doses.

Ardern says that each remaining unvaccinated person is an increase and represents a risk.

“Let’s go ahead, let’s see if we can get to 90 percent by the time Cabinet considers setting our alert level in two weeks,” he tells Aucklanders.

It will be a team effort, he says.

He urged people not to look down on people who have concerns about vaccines.

“Speak it up, provide information.”

There are currently six vaccination buses, and eventually there will be 12, Ardern says.

Ardern says there are a number of vaccination initiatives in the Pacific this week: there is a pop-up event at the Te Atatu Methodist Church of Samoa, Thursday, a Niue pop-up event at the Church of Latter-day Saints in Māngere, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, South Seas Healthcare in Ōtara will have a Cook Islands vaccination pop-up. On Friday, there is a Samoa vaccination pop-up in downtown Māngere.

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