17,522 new Covid-19 community cases in NZ on Monday

Source: 1News

There are 17,522 new Covid-19 cases in the community in New Zealand on Monday, the Ministry of Health has announced.

Health worker hands out rapid antigen tests at Covid-19 testing centre in Henderson, Auckland

The positive cases, detected through rapid antigen tests (RAT) and PCR tests, are located in Northland (509), Auckland (7639), Waikato (1541), Bay of Plenty (1174), Lakes (475), Hawke’s Bay (435), MidCentral (400), Whanganui (95), Taranaki (311), Tairāwhiti (217), Wairarapa (99), Capital and Coast (1545), Hutt Valley (837), Nelson Marlborough (329), Canterbury (1308), South Canterbury (82), Southern (506) and West Coast (14).

The location for six of the cases is unknown.

The ministry also said it was reporting two Covid-19 cases in the Chatham Islands.

The cases are already isolating and are being supported on the islands.

Canterbury DHB is distributing rapid antigen tests to all households on the islands early this week, as a precaution to allow early detection of positive cases.

The ministry said 16,625 of Monday's cases were detected through RAT and 897 through PCR tests. A total of 4752 PCR tests were carried out in the last 24 hours.

The number of active community cases is 192,492. They were identified in the past 10 days but have not yet been classified as recovered.

There are 696 people in hospital with the virus, including 13 in an intensive care or high dependency unit.

"While still early in the Omicron outbreak, the figures show that, based on the data available, unvaccinated people are four times over-represented in the current hospitalisation data," the ministry said in a statement.

"Just 3 per cent of eligible people aged 12 and over in New Zealand have had no doses of the vaccine, however, of the eligible people in Northland and Auckland hospitals with Covid-19, 13 per cent have had no doses of the vaccine."

The ministry also said care needs to be taken when interpreting daily reported cases, which are expected to fluctuate.

"This means that the seven-day rolling average of cases gives a more reliable indicator of testing trends."

The seven-day rolling average of cases on Monday is 17,921, up from 17,272 on Sunday.

It said the number of cases and hospitalisations are a reminder of the importance of getting vaccinated and boosted.

The ministry said being boosted greatly reduces the chances of getting severely ill and requiring hospital-level care if Covid-positive.

Boosters also offer a high level of protection against Omicron, it said.

The ministry said of the 47,000 RAT results reported on Sunday, 16,625 were positive.

It urged people to report their RAT results, even if it is negative. Household contacts are asked to report their RAT results separately, even if other household members have already reported theirs.

"The self-reporting of RATs helps provide a clearer picture of how the pandemic is progressing. It is essential we have as much information as possible to inform public health decision-making," the ministry said.

People can report their result online through My Covid Record or by calling 0800 222 478 between 8am and 8pm.

The ministry also announced 11 new cases at the border on Monday. Three of the cases are confirmed, while the remaining eight are probable.

On Sunday 15,161 community cases were recorded in New Zealand.