Māori across Aotearoa will today reach 90% partial vaccination (first dose). As of 11am this morning, they were just 142 doses away from reaching this important milestone.
With Omicron in New Zealand, one of the best things you can do is get your booster as soon as it is due. From today, 1 million people are now eligible for their booster after the interval was reduced from four to three months.
Boosters lower your chances of getting very sick and being hospitalised. Being boosted also helps slow the spread of the virus. If you’re over 18 and your booster is due, please get it now.
The Ministry is reminding that only those who have COVID-19 symptoms – or have been at a location of interest at the relevant time – need to get a test and isolate at home until a negative result is returned.
The most common early symptoms of the Omicron variant are a sore or scratchy throat, and a runny nose. If you have any of these symptoms, please get a test.
We are reminding you that if you are going away this Waitangi weekend, you should have plans in place in the event you are identified as a close contact, get COVID-19 symptoms, or find out you have COVID-19.
You are likely to need to self-isolate wherever you become a close contact or test positive, so there may be extra costs involved in paying for additional accommodation and changing your travel plans.
We are reporting new community cases in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Lakes, Bay of Plenty, Tairāwhiti, Hawke’s Bay and MidCentral.
We are also reporting three cases in Nelson Marlborough which will be officially added to the case numbers tomorrow.
Today we are reporting 21 new cases in Northland.
These include 12 cases in Kerikeri, five in Hokianga and four in Whangārei.
There were two new locations of interest published for Northland yesterday, both in Kerikeri. Please check the Ministry of Health website for latest locations of interest.
There are 99 cases to report in Auckland today.
Health and welfare providers are now supporting 1,692 people in the region to isolate at home, including 642 cases.
We are reporting 51 cases in the Waikato today.
Of these, 23 are linked to previously reported case and the rest remain under investigation for links to known cases.
Eighteen of these cases are based in Hamilton, one is in Matamata and the others are still under investigation.
We are reporting 15 new cases in the Rotorua district today, with 13 linked to existing cases and two yet to be connected to the outbreak.
There are 15 cases to report in the Bay of Plenty today, all linked to previously reported cases.
Of these cases, six are in Tauranga and nine in the Western Bay of Plenty.
Radius Lexham Park, Katikati
We are reporting a case in a resident at Radius Lexham Park aged residential care facility in Katikati. The case is linked to a previous case in a staff member at the facility who tested positive on 27 January.
All residents have been self-isolating and daily Rapid Antigen Tests are being carried out for all staff and residents. The facility is following the recommended response measures including staff wearing full PPE.
There are four new cases to report in Tairāwhiti today.
Three of these cases are household contacts of previously reported cases and were isolating when they tested positive.
One of these cases remains under investigation for links to a previously reported case.
In addition, we are announcing one further case in the region whose links to a previously reported case also remains under investigation. This case is not included in today’s numbers as the Ministry was notified after the daily reporting cut-off.
Today we are reporting three new cases in Hawke’s Bay.
All three cases are linked to previously reported cases and were already isolating when they tested positive.
Today we are reporting one new case in MidCentral. They are a household contact of a case and were already in isolation.
We are announcing three cases in the Marlborough region today.
All these cases were known close contacts of previously reported cases. They are isolating when they tested positive. Investigations are underway to identify any exposure events associated with these cases.
These cases are not included in today’s numbers as the Ministry was notified after the daily reporting cut-off.