Saturday, December 4

Covid-19: 24 community cases, 18 in Auckland, 6 in Waikato


There are currently 24 new cases of Covid-19 in the community, 18 of which are in Auckland.

Blood flow with COVID19 virus, SARS-CoV-2 concept background

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The other six are on the Waikato. Three of the Waikato cases were made public yesterday, but are included in today’s figures.

There are two cases of recent returnees in isolation and managed quarantine.

Of the 24 cases today, seven have yet to be linked. Of yesterday’s cases, eight cases remain unrelated. All the Waikato cases are linked.

There are 12 active subgroups in which there have been recent cases.

Based on the cases already reported and their contacts, an additional 48 cases are expected.

Yesterday 14,905 tests were processed nationwide with 12,595 of them in Auckland. More than 85,000 swabs have been taken in Auckland in the last seven days.

Waikato DHB has not identified any locations of interest in the City of Hamilton at this time. All potential exposure events have had direct interactions between individuals.

New locations may be added to the online ministry list as they appear.

Today marks seven weeks since the first case of this outbreak was identified and New Zealand went to high alert levels.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that despite measures introduced in the first phase of easing restrictions for Auckland, the city will continue to have some of the toughest restrictions in the world.

“I know it is hard work, but it is hard work that has literally saved lives while we have vaccinated hundreds of thousands of people. Now we just have to keep going.”

Ardern said that in one case a person was not vaccinated with the virus at home, but none of their relatives, who were vaccinated, contracted the virus.

Only 3 percent of the cases in this outbreak were vaccinated, and models suggest that vaccination has already reduced infections to about half of what they could have been, he said.

“I want everyone to be able to be sure that the vaccine is safe, but I want them to do it now.”

Testing in Waikato

Waikato DHB confirmed additional testing capacity today at its test sites in the region, as teams continued to see unprecedented demand.

Over 6,000 COVID-19 swabs taken from across the region are currently being processed on Monday.

Community testing centers were operating extended hours today, with testing underway starting at 8 a.m. at the Hamilton sites. Pop-up sites continued today at Raglan and Huntly.

Limited Exposure Events in Waikato

Locations of interest associated with the Waikato sites will continue to be added to the Ministry of Health website.

Waikato DHB had not identified any major landmark in Hamilton at this stage. All possible exposure events were direct interactions between individuals who have been followed directly.

Until now, the indication was that before receiving positive tests, affected households had been following the guidelines on mask use and social distancing, the Health Ministry said.

Auckland Suburbs of Interest

Meanwhile, in Auckland, people with or without symptoms are asked to get tested if they live in any of the following eight suburbs of interest: Clover Park, Māngere, Favona, Manurewa, Mount Wellington / Sylvia Park, Henderson, Papakura and Red Beach.

Whole genome sequencing was completed for the Auckland-based truck driver who drove to Palmerston North, confirming that the case is linked to one of the subgroups in Auckland.


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