Today’s Covid-19 update includes 60 new community cases reported in New Zealand.

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The Ministry of Health has announced 60 new Covid-19 community cases today, with 56 in Auckland, three in Waikato, and one in Bay of Plenty reported last night.

There have been no reports of cases in Northland.

Today there was no press conference. The Health Ministry said in a statement that 41 of today’s new cases have been linked to previous cases.

The three new Waikato cases are connected to the first Hamilton East case. The alert levels for the entire Waikato region will be reviewed again tomorrow.

There was also one new case reported in managed isolation – a traveller from the Philippines.

The ministry said there are 29 people in hospital with the coronavirus, including seven in intensive care.

“Two patients who had previously tested positive to Covid-19 and were awaiting transfer to a quarantine facility were brought into the hospital’s emergency department for clinical assessment this morning to see whether they need hospital level care.”

The ministry also reported that a person receiving treatment at North Shore Hospital dialysis unit yesterday tested positive for the coronavirus.

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They were screened before coming to the unit and again on arrival at the unit.

“The person became unwell during treatment and was swabbed and subsequently tested positive.

“Auckland Regional Public Health Services staff and the DHB are currently following up with other people who were receiving services in the unit at the same time as the person who has tested positive for Covid-19 to provide advice around isolation and testing.”

The unit closed yesterday afternoon for a deep clean.

Yesterday, the ministry reported 34 new community cases, including three in Waikato.

Later in the evening they announced another person had tested positive in Auckland, and had been crossing the border to travel to Katikati in Bay of Plenty. The person was following rules allowing them to travel to move house, and had been tested regularly.

The ministry said today the current public health assessment is that there is low risk of any further spread from this case.

“Test results indicate that infection is in the early stages. In addition, vaccination status of the individual, regular test history, good use of the Covid app and rapid public health follow up with family members reduce the risk of community spread.

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“All family members have been tested and are currently isolating.”

There were 20,421 test carried out in New Zealand yesterday, including 7071 in Auckland. There were 81,831 doses of the vaccine given out yesterday – 18,301 first doses and 65,530 second doses.

There have now been 1587 cases in the current outbreak in New Zealand, and 4265 since the pandemic began.

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