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Covid-19: Two Auckland sub-clusters have 100+ cases, in north and south suburbs


Two of the active Covid-19 sub-clusters in Auckland have more than 100 cases, making them among the largest the country has seen to date.

Ministry of Health data released to Stuff shows that as of 9am Thursday there were eight active sub-clusters in the Delta community outbreak.

These are clusters which have had cases reported in the past 14 days and are not household or other known contacts of previous cases.

There are currently eight active sub-clusters in the Auckland region, ranging in size from fewer than nine cases to 130.

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There are currently eight active sub-clusters in the Auckland region, ranging in size from fewer than nine cases to 130.

Of these, a cluster with 100 confirmed cases to date is centred in the Manukau ward. The other, with 130 cases, in on Auckland’s North Shore.

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The data reveals there are active clusters in many corners of Auckland – including in the Waitākere, Manurewa-Papakura, North Shore, and Manukau ward areas. The exact location within these areas has been withheld, to protect privacy.

It comes as Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson on Thursday warned that this is no longer an outbreak with a “small number of clusters in a small geographical area”.

“This is an outbreak that is now affecting all of Auckland, and therefore we need all of Auckland to play their part.”

Of the eight active sub-clusters, three have been epidemiological links to the outbreak, meaning they have been linked to an exposure event or known case.

Five are unlinked, ministry data show.

Unlinked clusters have a genomic link to the current community outbreak – which means officials know they are connected somehow – but have not yet been linked to a known case or exposure event.

Both the 100 and 130-case sub-clusters have been linked to the outbreak.

Both of these larger sub-clusters have a median age of 30-34, and have had new cases linked to them in the past few days.

A busy beach on Auckland’s North Shore, where there is an active Delta cluster with 130 cases.

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A busy beach on Auckland’s North Shore, where there is an active Delta cluster with 130 cases.

Prior to the Delta community outbreak, the Auckland August (2020) cluster was the largest since the pandemic began – with 179 cases. The Bluff wedding cluster and Marist College clusters followed, with 98 and 96 cases respectively.

The active unlinked clusters range in size from fewer than nine to 50 confirmed cases.

Of the 30 sub-clusters in the wider outbreak, 17 have had all cases to date ‘recover’.

This includes the largest cluster New Zealand has seen in the pandemic to date – linked to the Assembly of God church in Māngere, with 386 confirmed cases.

All those in the second largest cluster, 169 cases linked to secondary transmission associated with the church group, have also been deemed to have recovered.

A further two clusters are contained, and two are considered dormant.

Thursday saw 71 new cases reported in the Auckland outbreak – the highest day in a number of weeks.

Health officials warned that they expect to see a doubling of daily new cases in the next 14 days if the trend continues.

There have been 1790 confirmed cases in the outbreak to date.



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