Sunday, April 14, 2024

Less than half of new COVID cases linked

There are 94 new locally-acquired cases of COVID-19 today – 87 in Auckland and seven in Waikato.

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that 41 of these cases are linked – 26 of which are household contacts – and 53 remain unlinked, with investigations continuing to help determine their connection to the outbreak.

“Public health staff are continuing to urge anyone in Auckland to, please, get a test if they have symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of which suburb they live in,” the Ministry said in a statement.

“There are increased cases across the region, so everyone needs to remain vigilant.”

Of the seven new cases in the Waikato region – initial Health interviews show all are linked to known cases.

“Investigations are continuing to determine the links of two cases reported last week and two cases reported on Sunday,” the Ministry said.

Waikato DHB is continuing to carry out regionwide testing, to rule out any undetected community spread of COVID-19, with around 3,370 swabs taken across the region yesterday.

Testing locations in and around Waikato are available on the Healthpoint website and the Waikato DHB website. Pop up testing sites are also operating in Hamilton, Whatawhata (west of Hamilton) and Kihikihi (near Te Awamutu).

Meanwhile, vaccination rates in Waikato remained steady yesterday with 2,939 people receiving a dose – of these, 891 were first doses, and a further 2,048 were second doses.

A total of 529,803 vaccines have been administered across the region to date.

There are 19 community testing centres available for testing across Auckland today. A list of sites, and their opening hours, can be found on the Healthpoint website.

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