New community cases of Covid-19 placed at 105 over two days

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Thirty-Three new cases of Omicron in border, none in the community

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Wellington, January 2, 2022

There have been 105 new community cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand over the past two days, with two further deaths, according to the Health Ministry.

The Ministry said in a statement that there are 43 people in hospital, including five in intensive care. Two people have died in Auckland City Hospital due to Covid-19.

Covid-19 by Numbers

Expressing sympathy to the affected family, the statement said that the new community cases reported over the past two days were in Auckland (71), Waikato (7), Bay of Plenty (22), Rotorua (4), Hawke’s Bay (1). The Auckland cases include six from the Everil Orr Care Centre in Mount Albert including five residents and one staff member.

One of the residents who tested positive on December 30, 2021 is in a stable condition in hospital. All other residents and staff  (who are all fully vaccinated)  were tested on December 31, 2021 and early on New Year’s Day.

The seven new cases in the Waikato include three in Te Kūiti, two in Hamilton, one in Ōtorohanga, and one in Matarangi. Of the 22 new cases in the Bay of Plenty, 15 are in Tauranga, five are in the Western Bay of Plenty and two are in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

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At its last update on Friday, December 31, 2021, the Ministry said that there were 49 new community cases in New Zealand.

There have been 10,928 cases in the current community outbreak and 13,883 cases in New Zealand since the pandemic began.

Several new locations of interest have been added in Auckland, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty and Taupō. They include escorts services The Pelican Club and Femme Fatale and strip club The Mermaid Auckland.

Omicron cases at the border

The Ministry said that there were no new Omicron cases in the community, with two more identified at the border. There were also 33 cases identified at the border over the past two days and the Ministry said this increased number was a reflection of the increase in cases globally and the continued impact of Covid-19 in many parts of the world.

The new cases at the border came from Saudi Arabia, the UK, the USA, Philippines, UAE, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Israel, Australia, Mauritius, India, Fiji, Qatar, Pakistan, Singapore and Turkey.

Vaccination milestone

The Ministry said that Taranaki DHB was 658 doses away from 90% of its eligible population being fully vaccinated and that the West Coast DHB was 655 doses away. Thirteen of the country’s 20 DHBs have reached the 90% milestone.

The vaccines given over the past two days included 720 first doses; 3892 second doses; 274 third primary doses and 14,501 booster doses.

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