Both Capital & Coast and Auckland DHBs are close to reaching 90% fully vaccinated for their eligible Māori populations.
For Auckland DHB, just 1,339 of the eligible population need a second dose to reach the 90% milestone, while in the Capital & Coast DHB region, an additional 1,480 vaccinations are needed to reach the mark.
Pacific people across 19 of our 20 DHBs are 90% partially vaccinated or higher – with Whanganui due to reach this milestone at any moment with just 57 doses to go. Pacific communities in eight of our DHBs are also now fully vaccinated.
Four of our smaller DHBs are also fast closing in on 90% fully vaccinated – with Wairarapa DHB needing just 157 more doses, South Canterbury 516 doses, MidCentral 778 doses, and Nelson-Marlborough 1,183 doses to hit the milestone.
All of the passengers on the same international and domestic flights as the case are being treated as close contacts, and all are isolating in a managed isolation facility.
Two other passengers on the international flight have tested positive for COVID-19 and one further passenger’s positive result is being investigated as a historical infection. These three people have been moved to a managed quarantine facility. Whole genome sequencing has identified one of these infections as the Delta variant.
Whole genome sequencing for the other two is due later today.
All other passengers have returned negative day 0/1 and day 3 tests.
Urgent whole genome sequencing is being carried out on all positive test results in recent returnees to determine if they have the Omicron variant.
While the arrival of a new variant is concerning, New Zealand is well placed to manage Omicron cases with isolation and testing requirements for all new arrivals, robust infection and prevention control and PPE measures at airports and MIQ facilities, and frequent surveillance testing of staff who have any contact with recent returnees.
The COVID-19 virus was detected in a wastewater sample taken in Napier on 15 December.
This could be due to recently recovered cases returning to the region who are shedding the virus, transient visitors, or it could signal undetected cases in the community.
There are no known COVID-19 cases self-isolating in Napier.
As a prudent measure, anyone in the Hawke’s Bay with COVID-19 symptoms – no matter how mild – is asked to please get tested, even if they are vaccinated. For testing centres available in the Hawke’s Bay today see the Healthpoint website.
Today, we are reporting new community cases in Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Lakes and Taranaki.
We are continuing to ask anyone in New Zealand with symptoms – no matter how mild – to get tested, even if you’re vaccinated. Please stay at home until you return a negative test result.
Testing and vaccination centre locations nationwide can be found on the Healthpoint website.
Today, there are 47 new cases being reported in Auckland.
Health and welfare providers are now supporting 2,064 people to isolate at home, including 538 cases.
There are 15 cases to report in Waikato today, with six in Hamilton and six in Te Kūiti. The locations of the three remaining cases are still under investigation.
There are two cases receiving care at Waikato Hospital.
One new location of interest was confirmed in Hamilton yesterday.
There are ten pop-up and dedicated testing sites operating throughout Waikato today with sites in Hamilton, Te Kūiti, Ngāruawāhia, Huntly, Taumarunui, Tokoroa, Putāruru and Ōtorohanga.
Health and welfare providers are supporting 68 cases to isolate at home.
There are 10 cases to report in Bay of Plenty today. All are in the Tauranga area.
Of today’s cases, nine are linked to previously reported cases, and one is still being investigated for potential links.
Contacts are being identified and will be contacted for testing and isolation advice.
Today we are reporting one new case in the Lakes DHB region.
This case is in Rotorua and is a contact of a previously reported case. They are currently isolating.
Today we are reporting three new cases in Taranaki – two are linked to the Eltham cluster and the third is based in New Plymouth.
These cases were announced yesterday afternoon by the DHB.
Public health staff are interviewing the New Plymouth case to determine links to any previously reported cases.
Any potential close contacts will be followed up and if and when locations of interest are identified they will be added to the Ministry’s website.
Testing is available today at the following locations:
For testing information in Taranaki please visit TDHB - COVID-19 testing.
For vaccination information in Taranaki please visit TDHB - COVID-19 vaccine.
Over the Christmas break there will be regular COVID-19 updates published and tweeted each day apart from: