34 new Omicron community cases in NZ on Thursday

Source: 1News

There are 45 new Covid-19 community cases in New Zealand on Thursday, the Ministry of Health has announced.

A person is tested for Covid-19.

Of today's new cases 34 are the Omicron variant of the virus.

It brings the total number of Omicron cases in the community to 90.

"The number of cases and contacts are expected to grow given the highly transmissible nature of Omicron and as we learn more from case interviews," the ministry said in a statement.

Thursday’s community cases are in Auckland (22), Waikato (2), Taranaki (1), Lakes (7), Bay of Plenty (3), Hawke’s Bay (8) and Nelson Marlborough (2).

One Covid-19 case has been announced in Gisborne. The result was received after the reporting cut-off time and will be officially included in Friday's case numbers.

Investigations are currently underway to determine a link to other known cases in the current outbreak. However, it is likely at this stage that the case was infected during travel outside of the region, the ministry said.

The case is currently in isolation and any locations of interest will be published on the Ministry of Health's locations of interest page in due course.

Four community cases have been notified in Canterbury on Thursday – all in Christchurch. Two of the cases are from the same household.

All four cases remain under investigation to establish any links to previous cases. The cases under investigation were reported after the reporting deadline and will be included in Friday’s case numbers.

Meanwhile, a Covid-19 case reported in Wellington on Wednesday has been confirmed as the Delta variant. Investigations are continuing to establish any links to previous cases.

Five people in Auckland tested positive for Covid-19 after attending the Soundsplash festival in Hamilton over the weekend.

The festival was added as a location of interest on Thursday morning.

Anyone who attended the festival is asked to self-monitor for symptoms for 10 days following exposure at the event, which is until Wednesday, February 2.

Anyone who develops symptoms of Covid-19 have been advised to isolate and get tested until a negative result is returned.

Meanwhile, ESR detected a positive Covid-19 sample in Porirua on January 25.

Five people are in hospital with Covid-19 in New Zealand - two in North Shore, one in Auckland, 1 in Middlemore and one in an intensive care or high dependency unit in Rotorua.

There are 48 Covid-19 cases to report at the border on Thursday.

On Wednesday there were 25 new Covid-19 community cases in New Zealand.