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Covid-19: Update on cases, vaccinations at 1pm

The Ministry of Health will share an update on the Covid-19 situation at 1pm.

The update will be by press release, not a live press conference.

Friday saw the Delta outbreak grow by 127 cases – 118 in Auckland, four in Waikato, three in Northland and two in Christchurch. Two of Northland’s cases were added to the tally on Friday evening.

There are four cases in Canterbury, putting the region on high alert. Eighteen locations of interest had been released by the Ministry of Health and 13 close contacts had been identified, isolated and tested. Friday’s two additional cases were close contacts of the original cases confirmed on Thursday.

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The new cases in Canterbury helped push vaccination rates beyond 90 per cent in the region with thousands turning out on Thursday and Friday. The region’s fully vaccinated rate was sitting at 71 per cent.

Christchurch is in alert level 2 with the Government waiting to see any evidence of widespread transmission before considering changing alert levels. Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins told Stuff they believed they could “ring-fence” the outbreak due to the limited number of potential exposure events tied to the city’s source cases.

A Covid-19 testing station on Pages Rd, Christchurch was busy on Thursday after news of the two new cases in the city. Cases in the region grew to four on Friday.

CHRIS SKELTON/Stuff

A Covid-19 testing station on Pages Rd, Christchurch was busy on Thursday after news of the two new cases in the city. Cases in the region grew to four on Friday.

Despite case numbers creeping up, the proportion of hospitalisations was declining. As of Friday, there were 39 people in hospital – four in ICU to HDU – amounting to 2.6 per cent of 1485 active cases.

It was also confirmed on Friday evening a case travelled from Christchurch to Tonga, marking a grim milestone for the island nation – its first case of the pandemic. The case was in managed isolation and returned a positive result on Friday during routine MIQ testing.

Vaccination rates across Aotearoa were sitting at 87 per cent for first doses and 73 per cent for second doses. Stuff modelling showed when each DHB was likely to hit 90 per cent.

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