Today’s Covid-19 update includes 65 new community cases in New Zealand.

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Today, there are 65 new Covid-19 community cases in New Zealand.

Today there was no press conference. The ministry said in a statement that 34 of these cases are linked, 10 are household contacts, and 31 remain unconnected with investigations ongoing. In the last 14 days, there have been 107 unrelated cases.

In managed isolation, there was also one new case.

Thirty-four people are hospitalised, with six in critical condition.

There have now been 1855 cases in the current community outbreak and 4538 since the pandemic began.

The ministry said 68,003 vaccine doses were given yesterday, including 15,121 first doses and 52,882 second doses.

No new cases were reported in Waikato today, although the ministry said there were still two cases that were not linked to other cases.

Earlier today, the ministry said a second test for Covid-19 in Te Awamutu’s wastewater returned a positive result.

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The sample was taken on Wednesday, after detection of Covid-19 in wastewater on Tuesday.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield told Morning Report those who contracted Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated were likely to require shorter periods in isolation.

Vaccinated people appeared to be infectious for a shorter period of time, he said.

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