13,606 Covid-19 cases in New Zealand on Saturday

Source: 1News

There are 13,606 cases in New Zealand on Saturday, the Ministry of Health has announced.

Nurses at an Auckland testing centre preparing PCR nasal swabs.

The figure is another daily record for New Zealand, eclipsing the 12,011 cases that were announced on Friday.

The cases are in Northland (218), Auckland (9,262), Waikato (1,154), Bay of Plenty (690), Lakes (185), Hawke’s Bay (106), MidCentral (123), Whanganui (28), Taranaki (52), Tairāwhiti (48), Wairarapa (18), Capital and Coast (413), Hutt Valley (130), Nelson Marlborough (176), Canterbury (469), South Canterbury (20), Southern (505), West Coast (3); Unknown (6).

The ministry said in a statement it is beginning to see people who have attended the protest at Parliament, a location of interest and potential super spreader event, showing up in hospitals around the country after returning home.

"We advise all those currently at the protest, or who have been at the protest, who are displaying cold and flu symptoms to get a test and isolate until they receive their result," the statement said.

There are 263 cases in hospital, up from 237 on Friday. Five people are in ICU or HDU.

The cases in hospital are in Northland (1), North Shore (44), Middlemore (89), Auckland (92), Tauranga (8), Taranaki (3), and Waikato (26).

The health ministry said "the growth in hospitalisations and patients in ICU is not unexpected, has been planned for and is another reminder that vaccination is our best defence against Covid-19".

"With cases escalating in the community the Ministry of Health is urging all New Zealanders who are due their booster to get it as soon as possible in order to reduce your chance of serious illness and hospitalisation," the ministry said.

"This means a highly boosted New Zealand will help ensure there is capacity in our health system for anyone who needs care."

Saturday's case numbers are from both PCR and rapid antigen (RAT) tests.

There were 31,016 PCR tests administered in the last 24 hours, while the rolling average for PCR tests over the past seven days is at 28,849. The PCR positive test rate over the last 24 hours is 28.38 per cent.

There were 31,217 booster doses administered on Friday. But 30.5 per cent of people who are currently due their booster have not yet had it, the ministry said.

The health ministry's daily reported cases may differ slightly from those reported at a DHB or local public health unit level.

This is because of different reporting cut off times and the assignment of cases between regions, for example when a case is tested outside their usual region of residence. Total numbers will always be the formal daily case tally as reported to the WHO.