Covid-19: Number of new cases of virus in Delta outbreak to be announced

The number of new cases of Covid-19 in the Delta community outbreak is set to be announced at 1pm.

The Ministry of Health will give the update in a written press release on Thursday afternoon.

Thursday also marks 100 days of lockdown for Aucklanders. Auckland is currently at level 3, step 2, with the rest of the country at level 2.

Auckland has been in lockdown due to the Delta outbreak since August. (File photo)

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Auckland has been in lockdown due to the Delta outbreak since August. (File photo)

Auckland hairdressers were also able to open their doors for the first time in three months on Thursday.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday that Auckland hairdressers could reopen, providing their clients booked appointments and used their My Vaccine Pass certificates, as a trial before the certificates are used more widely.

No walk-ins are allowed, all staff must be vaccinated, and the salons must operate under alert level 2 restrictions.

The Government also announced it would commit around $1.5 billion to boost end-to-end support for people who get Covid-19 in the community.

The package will include greater levels of testing, more targeted contact tracing, and a boost to social services.

The bulk of the funding, nearly $1 billion, will go towards boosting testing, contact tracing and case investigation. A new case investigation service will be set up with 475 investigators.

Rapid antigen testing will be scaled up and will be widely used from December 1, with businesses able to directly source the tests from authorised suppliers, Associate Health Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall said.

On Wednesday, there were 215 new cases of the virus to report across Auckland, Northland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty.

There was also one historical case identified in Canterbury, which was no longer considered infectious.

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