COVID-19: 144 new cases in NZ, one person has died

Over 20,000 first and second vaccine doses were administered on Saturday. To date, 92 per cent of eligible Kiwis have had their first dose and 85 per cent are fully vaccinated. Photo: File.

There are 144 new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand announced today by the Ministry of Health.

Sadly, one person has died. There are 82 people in hospital and nine people in ICU.

Four of the new community cases are in the Bay of Plenty.  Auckland has 127 new cases, Northland has two, Waikato has nine and Hawke’s Bay has one new case.

There were 20,873 first and second vaccine doses administered yesterday, made up 6,378 first doses and 14,495 second doses. To date, 92 per cent of eligible people in New Zealand have had their first dose and 85 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Bay of Plenty
“Today we are reporting four new cases in Bay of Plenty,” says a Ministry of Health spokesperson.

One case is based in the Whakatāne district, three are in the Tauranga area.

The Whakatāne district case and one of the Tauranga cases are linked to previously reported cases. The remaining two Tauranga area cases are household contacts, with their links to previously reported cases still being investigated.

All four cases are self-isolating at home.

Investigations are continuing into all cases and locations of interest, if and when they’re identified, they will be added to the Ministry of Health’s website. This is updated regularly.

“Public health staff want to reiterate the message to Bay of Plenty locals to get tested if you’re feeling unwell and get your first and second dose of the vaccine if you haven’t already,” says a Ministry of Health spokesperson.

Details of testing stations in Bay of Plenty can be found on the Healthpoint website.

In the Bay of Plenty DHB region 89 per cent have received their first vaccine dose and 80 per cent have received their second doses and in the Lakes DHB Region 88 per cent have had their first dose, and 80 per cent have had their second dose.

Death of a patient at North Shore Hospital
“Sadly, today we are reporting the death of a COVID-19 patient at North Shore Hospital on the evening of Saturday November 27,” says a Ministry of Health spokesperson.

The patient, who was in their 80s, was admitted to hospital on Thursday 25 November and received appropriate ward-level care.

“Our thoughts are with the patient’s whânau and friends at this deeply sad time.”

Of the 82 people in hospital 14 are in North Shore, 32 in Middlemore, 31 in Auckland, four in Waikato, and one in Rotorua Hospital. The average age of current hospitalisations is 48 years.

The Ministry of Health has now issued more than 2.26 million My Vaccine Passes.

You can request a My Vaccine Pass from the website, or call 0800 222 478, or head into one of these pharmacies for help getting your My Vaccine Pass.

Omicron variant
Health officials continue to assess the latest international information on the new B.1.1529 variant, which the World Health Organization has named Omicron.

As a precaution, and based on advice from the Director-General of Health, the Government yesterday added nine countries in southern Africa to the very high risk countries list, placing additional restrictions on travel into New Zealand.

“Knowledge about this emerging variant is in its infancy and we are closely watching and monitoring evidence and countries’ responses,” says a Ministry of Health spokesperson.

Vaccine producing companies will now start assessing any impact the strain will have on vaccine efficacy.

“However, our advice to public remains that vaccines are the number one protection against COVID-19 – including against the Delta variant responsible for our current outbreak.”

There is no change to the advice on booster vaccines, which is for people over-18 to get their booster dose at least six months after their second dose. Anyone who is due a booster shot, which become available to a wider group of people from Monday, is encouraged to book using BookMyVaccine.

“There’s no need to rush to get the booster,” says a Ministry of Health spokesperson.  “The science shows fully vaccinated people remain really well protected from infection, and from being seriously ill if they do get COVID-19. There is plenty of existing stock of the Pfizer vaccine in New Zealand now and on order for everyone who needs a booster shot over coming months.

“We will advise on any potential impacts for New Zealand, noting that we remain in a good position to minimise the impact of any new variants with isolation and routine testing of international arrivals,” says a Ministry of Health spokesperson.

COVID-19 vaccine update

 

Total first and second vaccines administered to date (percentage of eligible people)

7,462,890; 3,878,887 first doses (92%); 3,584,003 second doses (85%)

Total first and second vaccines administered yesterday

20,873: 6,378 first doses; 14,495 second doses

Māori (percentage of eligible people)

848,032: 464,486 first doses (81%); 383,546 second doses (67%)

Pacific Peoples (percentage of eligible people)

492,562: 259,925 first doses (91%); 232,637 second doses (81%)

Total first and second vaccines administered to Auckland residents yesterday

9,058: 1,917 first doses; and 7,141 second doses

Vaccination rates by DHB (with active cases)

Northland DHB (percentage of eligible people)

First doses (85%); second doses (76%)

Auckland Metro DHBs (percentage of eligible people)

First doses (94%); second doses (89%)

Waikato DHB (percentage of eligible people)

First doses (91%); second doses (83%)

Canterbury DHB (percentage of eligible people)

First doses (95%); second doses (88%)

Lakes DHB (percentage of eligible people)

First doses (88%); second doses (78%)

MidCentral DHB (percentage of eligible people)

First doses (92%); second doses (83%)

Bay of Plenty DHB (percentage of eligible people)

First doses (89%); second doses (80%)

Wairarapa DHB (percentage of eligible people)

First doses (92%); second doses (83%)

Capital and Coast DHB (percentage of eligible people)

First doses (95%); second doses (90%)*

Hospitalisations

Cases in hospital

82. North Shore (14); Middlemore (32); Auckland (31); Waikato (4); Rotorua (1)

Vaccination status of current hospitalisations (Northern Region wards only as of 26 November)

Unvaccinated or not eligible (45 cases / 60%); partially immunised <7 days from second dose or have only received one dose (13 cases / 17%); fully vaccinated at least 7 days before being reported as a case (12 cases / 16%); unknown (5 cases / 7%)

Average age of current hospitalisations

48

Cases in ICU or HDU

9 (8 in Auckland, 1 in Lakes)

Cases

Seven day rolling average of community cases

182

Number of new community cases

144

Number of new cases identified at the border

4

**Location of new community cases

Auckland (127), Northland (2) Waikato (9), Bay of Plenty (4), Hawke’s Bay (1)

Location of community cases (total)

Northland 77 (53 of whom have recovered); Auckland 7,494 (2,299 of whom have recovered); Waikato 430 (179 of whom have recovered); Bay of Plenty 48; Lakes 26; Taranaki 6 (all of whom have recovered); MidCentral 5 (1 has recovered); Wairarapa 3; Wellington 18 (17 of whom have recovered); Nelson/Marlborough 1 (recovered); Canterbury 9 (4 of whom have recovered); Hawke’s Bay 1

Number of community cases (total)

8,118 (in current community outbreak)

Confirmed cases (total)

10,891

Historical cases

201 out of 9,086 cases since 1 January

Cases infectious in the community

34 cases reported yesterday have exposure events

Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious

102 cases reported yesterday have no exposure events

Cases epidemiologically linked

56 of today’s new cases

Cases to be epidemiologically linked

88 of today’s new cases

Cases epidemiologically linked (total)

6.077 (904 unlinked in the last 14 days)

Contacts

 

Number of active contacts being managed (total):

6,647

Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements)

67%

Percentage who have returned at least one result

69%

Locations of interest

 

Locations of interest (total)

182 (as at 10am 27 November)

Tests

Number of tests (total)

4,871,752

Number of tests total (last 24 hours)

27,791

Tests processed in Auckland (last 24 hours)

9,724

Tests rolling average (last 7 days)

29,669

Testing centres in Auckland

15

Wastewater

 

Wastewater detections

No unexpected detections

NZ COVID Tracer

 

Registered users (total)

3,415,380

Poster scans (total)

541,890,141

Manual diary entries (total)

20,837,483

Poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday

3,386,126


New case identified at the border

Arrival date

From

Via

Positive test day/reason

Managed isolation/quarantine location

21 November

United States of America

Direct Flight

Day 5 / routine

Christchurch

16
November

Belgium

United Arab Emirates

Day 10 / routine

Auckland

To be confirmed

United States of America

Direct

Day 3 / routine

Christchurch

18 November***

United Kingdom

Qatar

Day 9 / self-isolation

Self-isolation


* This is rounding up, CCDHB has, as of reporting, yet to reach 90 per cent fully vaccinated.

**Today’s cases
Today the Ministry of Health is announcing new community cases in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay.

“Two of the cases we’re reporting in Northland today came in after our 9am cut off and will be officially added to the case numbers tomorrow,” says a Ministry of Health spokesperson. “The case we’re reporting in Canterbury has been classified as a border case and will not be added to the regional community totals (see Canterbury section below).

There are no additional cases to report today in Wairarapa, Wellington, MidCentral, Lakes or Taranaki.

Information on today’s cases is included in the regional updates below. Anyone living in these areas, or elsewhere in New Zealand, with symptoms, no matter how mild, is urged to get tested – even if they are vaccinated – and remain isolated until they return a negative result. A full list of testing centres can be found on the Healthpoint website.

***This case is detailed in the Canterbury regional update below.

Regional updates
“We’re asking anyone in New Zealand with symptoms – no matter how mild – to please get tested, even if you’re vaccinated. Please remain isolated until you return a negative test result,” says a Ministry of Health spokesperson.  “And if you’re not vaccinated, your DHB or local health provider will have plenty of opportunities to make this happen.

“If you are not vaccinated, now is the time, as vaccination is number one defence against COVID-19.”

Northland
Two cases in Ruakaka, announced yesterday, are being formally included in today’s figure for Northland.

In addition, the Ministry is announcing a further two cases, one in Kaitaia and one in Whangārei. The Kaitaia case is a close contact of a known case and links between the Whangārei cases and known cases are still being investigated.

“The two additional cases were reported after our 9am cut-off and will be officially added to the case numbers tomorrow,” says a Ministry of Health spokesperson. “Both are self-isolating at home.”

Testing and vaccination sites open in Northland can be found on the Northland DHB website.

New locations of interest in Northland continue to be added to the Ministry website.
Auckland
Today, there are 127 new cases to report in Auckland. 

There continues to be daily reviews of testing numbers and testing locations to ensure good coverage of risk areas.

Health staff are now supporting 4,114 people to isolate at home, including 1,119 cases.
Waikato
There were nine new cases confirmed in the Waikato overnight, five in Hamilton, two in Te Kūiti, one in Cambridge, one in Kawhia.

All are pending investigation for links today.

One location of interest was identified yesterday in Hamilton.

There are five pop-up and dedicated testing sites operating across Waikato today in Hamilton, Ōtorohanga, Huntly, and Te Kūiti.

There are four COVID-19 positive patients in Waikato Hospital, with one patient in ICU.

1,580 tests were processed in the Waikato yesterday.

Public Health staff are now supporting 115 cases to isolate at home.

Hawke’s Bay
Hawke’s Bay DHB confirmed a community COVID-19 case last night.

This person tested positive for COVID-19 as part of routine surveillance swabbing for COVID-19 when they visited Hawke’s Bay Hospital’s Emergency Department after feeling unwell. No Emergency Department staff have been stood down as a result, as all were wearing the appropriate protective PPE.

The case investigation began last night and the person and close household contacts are now isolating.

Further interviews with the positive case and testing for all close and wider contacts continues today to determine any links to other cases and to identify any locations of interest.

At this stage, an early assessment has found a number of exposure events, such as the DHB Emergency Department, where anyone potentially affected is able to be contacted directly.

The Ministry’s webpage will be updated with locations when identified and confirmed as a result of today’s reported case.

For all updated testing centres and times please visit the DHB’s website.

Canterbury
There is one new case in Canterbury being reported today, which is being classified as a border case.

The case travelled from Auckland to Christchurch on Thursday November 25 on Air NZ Flight NZ8475 arriving in Christchurch at 10.50am. Anyone who is considered a contact of this case will be contacted directly.

“Unless you are contacted you do not need to do anything other than watch for symptoms and get tested straight away if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19,” says a Ministry of Health spokesperson.  

This case travelled from London to Doha on November 16 and Doha to Auckland on November 18. They left managed isolation last week and tested positive on their Day 9 test while in home quarantine.

The case is a child and is isolating at home with family. Locations of interest in relation to this case will be posted to the Ministry of Health website.

“Every new case is an urgent reminder to get tested if you’re feeling unwell. Testing at high numbers will help to minimise and contain the spread of COVID-19 in Christchurch,” says a Ministry of Health spokesperson.

There is good testing capacity across the city today and over the weekend. Testing locations throughout Canterbury can be found on the Canterbury DHB website.

The Ministry continues to ask people in Canterbury to regularly check the Ministry’s locations of interest page.

“If you haven’t had your first dose yet, or are overdue for your second dose, there’s plenty of capacity at vaccination clinics in Canterbury this weekend,” says a Ministry of Health spokesperson.




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