The Health Ministry today announced 60 new community cases of Covid-19, the most in nearly six weeks, while Northland and the Bay of Plenty continued to deal with positive cases visiting their regions.
Of the 60 new cases reported today, 56 were in Auckland, three in Waikato and one in the Bay of Plenty that was announced last night.
It’s the highest number of new cases reported since Sept. 1, when 75 cases were revealed.
In a statement today, the Health Ministry said 41 of today’s new infections have been linked to previous cases.
No cases have yet been reported in Northland after a positive case was visited there, but the region remains on the edge.
The ministry said there are 29 infected in the hospital, including seven in intensive care.
The ministry also reported that a person who received treatment at the North Shore Hospital dialysis unit yesterday tested positive for the coronavirus.
The unit closed yesterday afternoon for a deep cleaning.
20,421 tests were carried out in New Zealand yesterday, including 7071 in Auckland.
There have been 1,587 cases in the current Delta outbreak and 4,265 Covid-19 cases in total in New Zealand.
Fight in the regions for visits of positive cases
Outside of Auckland, officials continue to follow up on the details of the positive case that visited Northland and the other case revealed in the Bay of Plenty last night.
Authorities have now contacted a woman who traveled to Northland with another woman who later tested positive for Covid-19, but they do not yet know her location.
It is not known if this second woman has Covid-19.
The woman who tested positive remains in an Auckland quarantine facility, the ministry said in a press release. That woman had not been “forthcoming” in providing information to contact the trackers, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, complicating efforts to track down any possible cases.
The Bay of Plenty city of Katikati is also on high alert after a person tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday, with new locations of interest in the region named by the Health Ministry this morning. The infected person was tested in Auckland, but they are moving to the bay and were in the region when the result came in.
Western Bay of Plenty Mayor Garry Webber said Katikati hopes to prevent further infection. He said the result was a weak positive.
“But regardless of what it is, it’s here in a shape or form and we just have to go into preventive mode.”
Vaccination Momentum Continues
About 82,000 doses of the vaccine were administered yesterday.
This includes 18,000 people who received their first injection and 65,000 people who completed their cycle of both vaccines.
Prime Minister Ardern continued her visit to East Coast communities to encourage vaccination with a trip to Gisborne this morning.
The Turanga Health clinic was in high demand, with many people in cars lining up to get vaccinated.
Some parts of the city have some of the lowest vaccination rates in the country.
This was the last stop on the Prime Minister’s four-day tour of East Coast communities, and she returned to Wellington today. He visited Rotorua, Murupara, Hastings, Wairoa, Gisborne, and Ruatōrea.
Ardern said he was trying to support people.
“There is not much that you can do useful in a vaccination center, other than distracting people when injecting or giving them coffee.”
In the last seven days 115,000 people have received their first injection.
Another 9,700 Maori were vaccinated, after yesterday’s record of just over 10,000.
Auckland now has 86 percent of people on at least one dose.
NSW prepares to reopen
New South Wales Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet says residents of the state have “earned” the easing of the COVID-19 restrictions that take effect tomorrow.
The state recorded 477 new Covid-19 infections and six deaths in the 24 hours to 8 p.m. yesterday, while Victoria recorded 1,890 new locally acquired cases and five deaths.
A host of restrictions will be eased Monday in New South Wales for those who are fully vaccinated after more than 100 days incarcerated.
Cafes, restaurants and bars will be reopened, 10 people will be allowed to visit a home, and limits on the number of weddings and funerals will increase dramatically.
Perrottet said it would be a “great day” for the state.
“You’ve earned it. We will be back in action tomorrow after more than 100 days making huge sacrifices,” he said.