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Covid-19: There are 60 new community cases including 56 in Auckland


There are 60 new Covid-19 community cases, of which 56 are in Auckland, three in Waikato and one in the Bay of Plenty.

The case in the Bay of Plenty town of Katikati was reported on Saturday but counts in Sunday’s official figures.

The three new Waikato cases are linked to the initial Hamilton East case.

People receive their Covid-19 vaccine at Semenoff Stadium in Whangārei. Northland moved to Alert level 3 following an uncooperative positive case in the area.

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People receive their Covid-19 vaccine at Semenoff Stadium in Whangārei. Northland moved to Alert level 3 following an uncooperative positive case in the area.

Health officials confirmed they’ve contacted a woman who was believed to be travelling with the Covid-positive case, but have not yet located her.

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Northland was plunged into level 3 lockdown at 11.59pm on Friday, after the Covid case refused to cooperate with authorities about where she had been travelling around the region.

Cars line up for Covid-19 testing in Northland on Sunday, after a case tested positive in Whangārei.

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Cars line up for Covid-19 testing in Northland on Sunday, after a case tested positive in Whangārei.

Of the Auckland cases, 37 have known links to existing cases (including 22 household contacts) and 17 remain under investigation.

North Shore Hospital dialysis patient tests positive

A person receiving treatment at North Shore Hospital’s dialysis unit on Saturday has tested positive for Covid-19.

A Waitematā District Health Board spokesperson said the patient was appropriately screened before coming to the unit and again on arrival at the unit.

The person became unwell during treatment and was swabbed and subsequently tested positive, the spokesperson said.

A person tested positive for Covid-19 after becoming unwell while receiving dialysis treatment at North Shore Hospital. (File photo)

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A person tested positive for Covid-19 after becoming unwell while receiving dialysis treatment at North Shore Hospital. (File photo)

The unit was temporarily closed on Sunday afternoon for a deep clean.

Other people treated at the dialysis unit were being contacted by the Auckland Regional Public Health Services and DHB, the spokesperson said.

The latest Covid-19 cases

The current community outbreak now has a total of 1587 cases.

Of Sunday’s cases, 19 are not yet epidemiologically linked to existing cases, while 20 of Saturday’s cases were infectious in the community.

There are now 16 subclusters which are linked – six that are active and 10 that are dormant. There are also 14 unlinked subclusters, including five that are active and nine that are dormant.

The vaccination clinic at Nga Hau E Wha National Marae offered with free kai from Fush on Saturday, a feed appreciated by George Oates, who had his first vaccination.

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The vaccination clinic at Nga Hau E Wha National Marae offered with free kai from Fush on Saturday, a feed appreciated by George Oates, who had his first vaccination.

A total of 29 cases are in hospital, with seven in intensive care or high-dependency units.

There were no unexpected wastewater detections of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours.

One case of Covid-19 was identified at the border. The person, who arrived from the Philippines via Singapore on October 7, is in an isolation facility in Wellington.

Auckland continues to be the epicentre of the Covid-19 cases, with 31 new cases confirmed in the supercity on Saturday, alongside three in Waikato linked to the original Hamilton East case.

Vaccination numbers boosted

Vaccination numbers received a boost on Saturday with 81,831 jabs administered, including 65,530 second doses.

This was slightly behind Friday’s 67,189 second doses administered – the highest number in one day.

A total of 2.35 million Kiwis are now fully vaccinated, while 1.09m have had just one dose.

A total of 20,421 tests were processed in the last 24 hours, including more than 7000 in Auckland. Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms – no matter how mild – is urged to get a test.

* CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said 60 is the largest number of daily Covid-19 cases recorded in the current Delta outbreak.



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