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Covid-19: 206 new community cases in Delta outbreak, 73 people in hospital


There are 206 new community cases of Covid-19, the highest daily total since the Delta outbreak began in August.

Of those, 200 are in Auckland, four are in Waikato and two are in Northland, the Ministry of Health said in a statement released on Saturday afternoon.

There are now 73 cases in hospital, four more than on Friday. Seven are in intensive care or high dependency units.

A Covid-19 testing centre in Stratford, where traces of the virus were detected in wastewater.

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A Covid-19 testing centre in Stratford, where traces of the virus were detected in wastewater.

The four new cases in Waikato are all from Hamilton. Two are being investigated for their links to the outbreak, and two are known contacts who were already isolating.

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Meanwhile, a Covid-19 patient treated at Waikato Hospital was discharged, while two more were admitted overnight. The ministry said that would be reflected in Sunday’s Covid-19 data.

The two new cases in Northland are both close contacts of Kataia cases and have been isolating at home.

So far, just 47 of Saturday’s newly reported cases are epidemiologically linked to the outbreak.

In the past fortnight, 623 cases have been unlinked.

On Friday, traces of the virus were found in wastewater in Stratford, Gisborne and Napier.

Saturday also marks three weeks since the Government’s national day of action for vaccination, dubbed ‘Super Saturday’.

In Stratford, people are urged to get tested for Covid-19 after virus traces were found in wastewater.

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In Stratford, people are urged to get tested for Covid-19 after virus traces were found in wastewater.

That means 39,025 people vaccinated that day are now eligible for their second dose.

A further 90,977 people had their second dose on ‘Super Saturday’.

On Friday, 6442 people had their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and 21,470 had their second dose, the ministry said.

That means 89 per cent of New Zealand’s eligible population is now partially vaccinated, 78 per cent is fully vaccinated.

In Auckland across the three district health boards, 92 per cent have had their first dose, while 83 per cent are fully vaccinated.

The Government’s goal is for all district health boards (DHBs) to fully vaccinate 90 per cent of their eligible populations before the summer holidays begin.

New Zealand will then transition away from alert levels and into a new Covid-19 management framework dubbed the ‘traffic light system’.

Auckland, which has been in either alert level 4 or 3 for nearly 12 weeks, is still at least 100,000 second doses short of hitting 90 per cent fully vaccinated across its three DHBs.

Over half of those are in Counties Manukau.

Stuff modelling suggests at its current pace, Auckland and Waitematā district health boards will reach 90 per cent before the end of November, while Counties Manukau DHB will reach 90 per cent on December 4.



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