Most new Covid cases emerging from large home gatherings: Deputy PM

Source: 1News

Large home gatherings are responsible for most of Aotearoa’s new Covid-19 cases, the Deputy Prime Minister says. 

“From the analysis undertaken by our public health teams both on the ground and at the Ministry of Health, we can see that very few of the cases we are seeing are the result of transmission in workplaces,” Grant Robertson said. 

Instead, they were coming from within households, some within health settings , and “a large number from gatherings taking place inside people’s homes”, Robertson said.

“We did see this happening in Alert Level 4 as well. Sadly, it has continued into Alert Level 3.” 

Robertson said these gatherings weren’t allowed under either of those alert levels. 

He said public health teams had advised the Government that it was still possible to “actively control” the Delta outbreak if people followed Alert Level 3 rules .

“This outbreak is not in a small number of clusters in a small geographic area. It is affecting people in all parts of Auckland,” he said.

“Now is not the time for complacency.” 

There are 71 new Covid-19 cases in the community on Thursday, the Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay confirmed.

All cases were found in Auckland. 

The total number of cases in the Delta outbreak is now 1790.