Saturday, November 27

Covid-19: 45 new community cases today, all in Auckland

There are 45 new community cases of Covid-19 today, all in Auckland.

Coronavirus COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, 3D illustration.  Close-up view of a corona virus with shallow spikes


Of the new cases, 33 are known to be relatives or contacts of existing cases, said Director General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield. All have been isolated at home or quarantined during their infectious period.

There are 12 cases that are not linked; for six of them, there are potential links visible.

Dr Bloomfield said that everyone in Auckland should stay inside their bubbles and wear face masks.

Many of the current cases were linked and, in a sense, “expected,” he says.

In a statement, the Health Ministry said that of the household contacts, 12 came from two homes, with six in each.

Twelve of the 45 cases are not linked, but the ministry said that in six of those cases the potential links are visible. Four of the cases were infectious while in the community.

There are still three active subgroups, up from four on Monday.

There are now 16 Covid-19 patients in Auckland hospitals, three of them in the ICU or in a high dependency unit.

Bloomfield said the ministry was asking construction, hospitality and retail workers, who worked at level 3, to take two tests at least five days apart over the next two weeks, whether they had symptoms. as if not.

“I would like to emphasize that this test is voluntary,” said Bloomfield.

In addition to GPs and urgent care clinics, there are 21 open testing centers in Auckland.

Because it is part of the surveillance testing, Bloomfield said staff did not need to isolate themselves while waiting for the test result.

Yesterday it was announced that a positive sewage test was returned from Tauranga, with the sample taken on September 23rd.

The results of other sewage samples that have been taken are not expected until tomorrow. People in the Bay of Plenty are urged to get tested for any Covid-19 symptoms.

Bloomfield says the Bay of Plenty DHB has since seen about 400 people get tested.

He also encouraged everyone in New Zealand to get vaccinated.

On the Waitākere hospital case, Bloomfield said that the person “who attended the Waitākere Hospital emergency department on Saturday the 25th for a non-Covid condition felt bad the next day with Covid-related symptoms and subsequently had the test, with a positive result. yesterday afternoon. “

“As part of the usual precautions, since the infectious period of the person included Saturday, a small number of personnel have been withdrawn and the public health unit is doing direct follow-up of a small number of patients who were in the vicinity of this person when they were in the emergency department.

“That person no longer requires hospital care and is going to a managed isolation facility.”

The ministry said there have now been a total of 1,230 cases in the current Covid-19 outbreak.

Over the past 24 hours, 15,437 Covid-19 tests were conducted and 8,537 of those were conducted in Auckland, the ministry said.

44,649 doses of the vaccine were administered nationwide yesterday and 48 percent of Auckland residents have received two doses of the vaccine.

Eight new community cases of Covid-19 were reported yesterday in Auckland and six of them were isolated during their infectious period.

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