129 new Covid-19 community cases in Delta outbreak

Source: 1News

There are 129 new Covid-19 cases in the community on Friday - 120 in Auckland and nine in Waikato - the Ministry of Health has confirmed.

The latest figures were released by the ministry in a statement as there was no 1pm press conference in Wellington on Friday.

The total number of cases in this Delta outbreak is now 2389 of which 1395 have recovered.

Of the 129 new cases, 65 of the cases are yet to be epidemiologically linked to the outbreak.

The Ministry of Health currently has 2319 contacts linked to this outbreak, of which 82 per cent have been contacted and 75 per cent have received at least one test.

On Thursday, 27,831 tests for Covid-19 were processed throughout the country, including 13,763 from Auckland.

In total there has been more than 3.8 million tests for the virus processed since the pandemic began.

The Ministry of Health emphasised testing remains critical in Auckland and Waikato.

Waikato now has 73 confirmed cases in the outbreak of which four are still deemed unlinked. The ministry urged anyone in Waikato, although patricularly those in Te Awamutu, to get tested if they have symptoms.

In Auckland, the focus remains on testing in areas with higher positivity rates and were the risk of unidentified cases is higher.

The ministry said one suburb of interest with a high positivity rate of more than seven per cent is Redvale on the North Shore, although at this stage no recorded cases in Redvale have been linked to last weekend’s "well-reported party".

"We are asking Redvale residents with symptoms, no matter how mild, to get tested as soon as possible, even if they are vaccinated," the ministry said.

"We are also encouraging testing in New Lynn and the North Shore suburbs of Rosedale and Bayswater."

Elsewhere, there are currently 51 cases in hospitals; 18 in Middlemore Hospital, 24 in Auckland Hospital and eight in North Shore Hospital. The other case is in Waikato Hospital. Five of those cases are in ICU or HDU.

On vaccinations, 41,294 doses were administered on Thursday, made up of 10,066 first doses and 31,228 second doses.

More than 6.5 million doses have been administered in New Zealand to date.

There were also five new Covid-19 cases found at the border on Friday.

There were no unexpected Covid-19 detections in wastewater samples to report on Friday.

It comes after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the public with a press conference at 10am on Friday to reveal the Government's new Covid-19 framework , featuring a traffic light system.