Covid-19 update: 97 new community cases, total Omicron cases rise to 116

There were 97 new community cases reported today, with 11 new cases of Omicron identified in the community.

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In a statement, the Department of Health said 116 community cases of Covid-19 have either been confirmed to be the Omicron variant or have been linked to a previously reported Omicron case.

He said there were now 39 cases linked to the Soundsplash music festival in Hamilton last weekend – including two new cases in Northland, one in Hawke’s Bay and three in Tairāwhiti today – and that number is expected to rise to as more test results are received.

“Given the increase in cases associated with Soundsplash, the Department of Health advises all attendees to take a test, if they have not already done so. If you attended the festival, please inform the center test that you were at the festival.”

He said two of the four community cases in Canterbury reported earlier in the week have now been confirmed to be Omicron, and there are active cases treated as Omicron in Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, MidCentral, Canterbury, Tairāwhiti and Nelson-Tasman.

The 97 new community cases reported today are in Northland (1), Auckland (61), Waikato (14), Tairawhiti (3), Bay of Plenty (8), Rotorua (7) and Hawke’s Bay (3).

Three of the eight new cases are on board the Singapore-flagged container ship Maersk Bogor, which is currently under quarantine at the Port of Tauranga.

The ministry said more than two dozen crew members aboard the ship – who arrived in port on Friday morning – suffered from Covid-like illness. Tests have yielded three positive results so far.

No one has been allowed off the ship and it is due to leave port tomorrow.

There are now seven people in hospital with Covid-19, although none are in intensive care.

The Health Ministry said there were also 58 new cases at the border. The new cases came from the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Singapore, India, Albania, Australia, Egypt, Malaysia, Canada, Czech Republic, Qatar and Mexico.

There were 105 new community cases reported yesterday, with 15 new cases of Omicron identified. There were also 45 new cases identified at the border.

There are now 15,770 cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand.

The ministry said Covid was detected during sewage tests in Dannevirke, Kerikeri, Pukekohe, Paihia and Rawene earlier this week.

Professor Michael Plank says Omicron cases tended to double in two to four days at the start of an outbreak.

“We could see numbers continuing to climb into the hundreds over the next week.”

There were 1251 first doses; 2212 second doses; 12,860 pediatric doses and 46,271 booster doses administered yesterday.

A total of 1,257,758 booster doses were administered in New Zealand.

The department said Nelson Marlborough was just five doses short of partially vaccinating 90 per cent of Maori and would be the eighth DHB area to reach this milestone.

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