There has been a record 206 new community cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand today, as the total number of vaccinations in this country exceeds 7 million.
Today there was no press conference. In a statement, the Health Ministry said there were 200 cases in Auckland, four in Waikato and two in Northland.
The ministry said 159 are not yet linked to previous cases, with 623 unrelated cases in the last 14 days.
The two new cases in Northland, which are close contacts of previous cases, bring the total number of cases in the region to 17. Two of the four new cases in Waikato have been linked to previous cases.
The Ministry said that the 206 community cases reported today are “a reminder of the infectivity of Covid-19, and particularly the Delta variant, and the importance of vaccination as the number one protection against the virus.”
There are now 73 people hospitalized with the coronavirus, including seven in intensive care. The average age of hospitalized people is 51 years.
A new case was also reported today at the border.
163 new community cases were reported in New Zealand yesterday, up from 139 on Thursday. There was also a second death of a person with Covid-19 isolation at his home reported yesterday.
There have now been 4,240 cases in the current community outbreak and 6,981 since the pandemic began.
Seven million doses administered
The Ministry said that 7,007,962 doses have been administered: 3,744,702 first doses and 3,263,260 second doses.
“This is an important milestone as we move toward our goal of having 90 percent of eligible individuals in each DHB fully vaccinated.”
The Auckland DHB only needs 15,284 more people to make their second shot and hit the 90 percent target.
“We urge anyone over the age of 12 who has not yet been vaccinated or received their first dose at least three weeks ago to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated – it has never been easier.”
Yesterday 27,892 doses were administered, including 6,422 first doses and 21,470 second doses.
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The Ministry also confirmed last night that the sewage samples in Gisborne and Napier tested positive for Covid-19.
He said today that more samples will be collected over the next few days and results are expected next week.
“At this stage, the detections are not linked to any known Covid-19 cases, which could indicate that there are undetected cases in these communities.
“We are asking anyone who has any symptoms in these places, no matter how mild, to get tested, especially anyone who has recently traveled outside of these regions.”
Health authorities are also encouraging those involved in a tangi in Porirua on Wednesday this week to get tested for Covid-19, the ministry said.
“Their assessment is that the risks to the general public are low after reports of a person testing positive in Auckland last month who traveled from Auckland to Porirua. They are considered unlikely to have been infectious as they traveled at the end of their 14-day quarantine period. “
But Wellington Regional Public Health recommends that people associated with tangi get tested, especially if they have symptoms.