There were 48,947 booster doses administered yesterday, taking the total to date to 1,561,837. Also, 4,807 paediatric doses were given yesterday, bringing the total to 197,471.
With Omicron in New Zealand, one of the best things you can do is get your booster as soon as it is due.
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.
We are reminding you that if you are 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, Hawke’s Bay, Wellington, Nelson Marlborough, and Canterbury.
In addition, we are announcing a case in Whanganui that was first reported as part of the Waikato numbers yesterday. Seven cases in Northland and one in Nelson Marlborough were reported after the Ministry’s cut off and will be added to our case numbers later.
There are 14 new cases in Northland today, seven of which are being reported in today’s numbers and seven more that were notified after Ministry’s cut-off and will be added to the numbers in due course.
Of these 14 cases, six of these cases are in Kerikeri, one in Hokianga North and two in Whangarei. These cases all have linked to previously reported cases.
The remining five cases are under investigation.
There are 128 cases to report in Auckland today.
Health and welfare providers are now supporting 2,191 people in the region to isolate at home, including 861 cases.
Today we’re reporting 49 new cases in Waikato.
Twenty-three of these are linked to previously confirmed cases and public health staff are continuing to investigate the remaining cases.
There are 20 reported for Hamilton, two in Ohaupo, one in Cambridge, one in Huntly, one in Matamata, one in Walton, and the remaining with locations under investigation.
We are reporting one new case in the Rotorua district today. This case is linked to a previously reported case.
There are 11 cases to report in Bay of Plenty today,
Of these cases, 10 are linked to previously reported cases and one is under investigation.
Three cases are in the Western Bay of Plenty and eight are in Tauranga. There is one case in Tauranga Hospital.
Today we are reporting five new cases in Hawke’s Bay.
One has been linked to a previously reported case and the other four remain under investigation.
We are announcing one new case in the Whanganui district today.
The case is a household contact the Whanganui case reported yesterday.
The case was isolating when they tested positive and, at this stage, local public health staff have assessed there are no exposure events associated with this case.
The case was first reported yesterday in Waikato’s figures, as they were recorded as having a Waikato address.
We are reporting three cases in the Wellington region today.
In addition, there are three more cases residing in the Wellington region registered to Auckland addresses, who are included in Auckland’s reported numbers today.
Of this total of six cases, four are in Wellington city and two in Porirua.
Two cases are linked to previously reported cases and four remain under investigation. All cases are isolating at home.
Case investigations continue and any new location of interest linked to these cases will be published as they are identified on the Ministry of Health website.
There are four cases to announce in Nelson-Marlborough today, one of which came in after the Ministry’s cut-off and will be officially added to the Ministry’s numbers in due course.
Three of these cases are based in the Nelson-Tasman region and one in Marlborough.
Two of these cases are household contacts of known cases and have been in quarantine during their infectious periods.
One case was linked to an Air NZ flight on 23 January.
The source of infection for the remaining fourth case, identified while staying at Tahuna Beach Holiday Park, is currently under investigation.
Tahuna Beach Holiday Park in Nelson has been added as a new location of interest today on the Ministry’s website. Mobile testing is now offer at the park until 3pm today.
Today we are reporting a case with a South Canterbury address.
The case is currently in a managed isolation and quarantine facility in Christchurch.
Public health staff are currently investigating the case to determine any links to previously reported cases.
The case’s household contacts are all isolating and have so far tested negative.
Public health staff are not expecting any Timaru locations of interest arising from this case.