There are five new cases of Covid-19 in Northland, including one in hospital in Whangārei.
The Ministry of Health’s official figures for Monday reported one new case, with four others reported after the Ministry’s 9am cut-off.
The four other cases will be included in Tuesday’s tally.
Northland now has 23 cases of Covid-19 in the Delta outbreak, 11 of whom have recovered.
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Four of the latest cases are linked to known cases, and public health interviews with the fifth case are yet to be completed, as of midday on Monday.
Northland now has its first Covid-related hospitalisation linked to the current outbreak, in Whangārei Hospital.
Rural health experts have previously raised alarm bells about the ability of Northland’s hospitals to cope with rising case numbers, and the ability of rural residents to safely self-isolate with the virus.
The Ministry of Health said in its 1pm statement the hospitalisation is another reminder for everyone in Northland who is eligible, to get vaccinated.
“Getting vaccinated will help to stop you and your loved one’s getting seriously ill, and could save your life and theirs. If you haven’t been vaccinated, please get your first dose today.”
Northland District Health Board is one of the slowest areas in the country when it comes to vaccination, with 81 per cent of eligible residents having their first dose and 68 per cent having both doses.
Testing is also encouraged for anyone who lives in or around Taipa, Kaingaroa, Awanui and Kaitāia, who has had any symptoms of Covid-19 in the last two weeks.
Covid-19 testing is available around Northland on Monday and Tuesday.
The spike in cases comes as the alert level for northern Far North is due to be reviewed at 4pm on Monday.
The alert level will be reviewed by Cabinet this afternoon and announced at 4pm.