Covid-19 update: New Zealand has 194 new community cases today, with one fatality.

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Today, 194 new Covid-19 community cases have been recorded in New Zealand, with one further death of a man in his 60s.

A police checkpoint in Mercer, near Auckland's border with Waikato.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says vaccinated people and those who can provide a negative test within 72 hours of their departure will be able to leave Auckland from 15 December. Photo: RNZ/Nick Monro

In a statement, the Ministry of Health said there were 88 people in hospital, including seven in ICU.

It also the reported the death of a man in his 60s at North Shore Hospital. The man was admitted to hospital on 4 November with Covid-19 symptoms and subsequently tested positive. He died yesterday.

“Our thoughts are with his family and whānau at this deeply sad time. The whānau has been offered support by the DHB,” the statement said.

The 194 community cases include 180 in Auckland, five in Waikato, three in Northland, six in Taupō and one in Turangi. One of the Taupō cases will be included in tomorrow’s case numbers.

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There has also been a case detected in Christchurch, which will be added to tomorrow’s numbers.

The four new cases in Northland include one in Kaitaia, two in Dargaville, and one unlinked case in Whangārei who will be interviewed today. One of these cases is not included in the overall case numbers today and will be added to the tally tomorrow.

The five new cases reported in Waikato include two from Ōtorohanga, one from Te Kuiti, one from Huntly, and one from Cambridge.

“Of the cases, three are known contacts of previous cases. Investigations into the remaining two cases are underway today.”

Further tests on wastewater samples collected in Tauranga and Mount Maunganui on 15 November have detected more traces of the coronavirus, after positive detections from samples collected on 10 and 11 November.

Covid-19 was also detected in samples collected in Taupō on 13 and 15 November and in Tūrangi on 15 November.

Additionally, there were two confirmed cases reported in managed isolation today.

Yesterday saw a record 222 community cases reported.

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There were 21,031 vaccine doses given yesterday – 6664 first doses and 14,367 second doses. The Ministry said 91 percent of eligible New Zealanders had had their first dose and 82 percent were fully vaccinated.

After 91 days under lockdown, students in grades one through ten were allowed to return to school in Auckland this morning, while Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said that immunisation certificates would be accessible to obtain starting today.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced this afternoon that the traffic light system would be implemented across New Zealand soon after November 29th, with the Auckland border opening up to vaccinated people and those who tested negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours of their departure on December 15th.

More to come.

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