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There are 35 new cases of Covid-19 in the New Zealand community to confirm today. Of these 33 are in Auckland and two are in Wellington.
This brings the total number in the community to 107. Of these 99 are in Auckland and eight are in Wellington.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and director general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield will front a press conference at 4pm to announce any challenges to alert levels. New Zealand is currently in lockdown until 11.59pm tomorrow.
All of today’s new cases are either in or currently being transferred to managed isolation facilities.
The Ministry of Health says it was not unexpected to see a rise in cases.
There are also three new border cases all who are in managed isolation facilities.
There are now more than 280 locations of interest listed. The vast majority of these are in Auckland. There are 11 in Wellington and a few scattered across the North Island, as well as two flights between Auckland and Wellington.
Yesterday more than 17,000 covid tests were taken across Auckland – the biggest day at its community testing centres so far.
Some 11,000 were taken at community testing centres and around 6,000 at general practice and urgent care clinics.
There were also 35,766 tests processed across New Zealand.
So far 13,230 contacts have been identified with less than half – 6773 – contacted by public health staff and self isolating.
The majority of the 13,230 contacts are close contacts and the number is expected to rise throughout the day as records are fully processed.
Public health staff are now reaching out to the remaining 6,457 contacts who are yet to be reached.
There are 16 community testing centres running across Auckland this afternoon including a new site at Pukekohe.
In Wellington and the Hutt Valley there are 11 community testing centres operating, as well as about 32 GPs also testing for Covid.
More than 3,850 tests were processed yesterday for the Wellington and Hutt Valley regions.
No new traces of Covid have been detected in any of the latest waste water samples.
ESR is working on adding additional wastewater testing sites to the current 41 sites across the country which covers 3.7 million New Zealanders. Of the 41 current sites, 13 are in Auckland and four are in Wellington.
There were 35,800 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine administered yesterday. This brings the total number of Kiwis with two doses to 1,007,801.
Cases across the Tasman
Meanwhile,New South Wales has recorded 818 new local Covid cases and three deaths, news.com reports.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said: “The number we need to focus on is the vaccination rate. Once we get to 70% double dose vaccination rate … we can treat Covid-19 like the flu.”
She described today’s 818 cases as “another huge number”, and warned that “at least” 42 people were infectious in the community.
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Covid Response Minister Chris Hipkins said yesterday if he was in Auckland he would expect to remain in lockdown for longer as cases in the city continue to rise.
However, it is possible that parts of the country could drop alert levels sooner than others.
The caution around moving levels elsewhere was the tens of thousands of people who had left Auckland since the first community case was identified and the country moved into lockdown, Associate Health Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall told morning media.
The Government is warning that the number of cases may continue to rise in the next five days before the curve starts to fall later in the week.
Verrall told the AM Show it was possible there could be a high number of Covid cases today, compared with previous days.
Yesterday there were 21 new Delta cases in the community taking the total number to 72.
Of these 66 people are infected in Auckland, and the remaining six are in Wellington.
There are currently five people in hospital, however none were in ICU, Verrall confirmed this morning.
There are also now more than 300 locations of interest with the mast majority in Auckland. They include Auckland CBD fast-food restaurants McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Starbucks.
This morning six new Auckland locations of interest were added to the Ministry of Health’s website
A number of South Auckland supermarkets have been identified as potential exposure sites with local testing stations warning those seeking tests to expect a minimum four hour wait.
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