Covid-19 Delta outbreak: Latest cases to be released; has virus spread in South Island and Northland?

Officials will reveal whether Delta has spread further in the South Island and Northland when releasing the latest Covid case numbers at 1pm.

There were 104 Covid-19 cases announced yesterday, including the first Delta case in the South Island – in Blenheim – after a person flew to the town from Rotorua. The case is thought to be linked to the Te Awamutu, Waikato, cluster.

There were also two more announced in Northland after two on Friday. National’s health spokesperson Shane Reti said this morning that many concerned locals were calling for the region to be put into level 3.

The Ministry of Health will also update on Auckland’s vaccination figures as the region edges closer to crucial jab targets on its road out of lockdown. There is no press conference today and the information will be shared in a statement at 1pm.

Yesterday, figures showed two had reached the vital 90 per cent figure for first doses, with Auckland DHB on 93 per cent and Waitematā DHB on 90 per cent.

Counties Manukau DHB had yet to reach the milestone.

That means 1,286,279 Aucklanders have now received a first Pfizer dose. Seventy-five per cent – just over 1.07 million – have received a second dose, Ministry of Health figures showed.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Friday announced a new traffic light system to manage Covid-19 when the country’s 20 district health boards have 90 per cent of their eligible population fully vaccinated.

The traffic light system, which will kick when DHBs get to a 90 per cent double-vaccination rate, will use certificates to allow freedoms for double-dosed Kiwis.

Overall, Auckland has reached 80 per cent fully vaccinated and 93 per cent first doses, so will exceed the 90 per cent target if those people get their second dose.

Wellington and Waitematā are close behind at 75 per cent fully vaccinated, and 91 per cent and 90 per cent first doses administered respectively.

Northland and Tairāwhiti sit at the bottom of the table with 61 per cent and 60 per cent fully vaccinated.

Across New Zealand, 3,626,019 people or 86 per cent of the eligible population have had a first dose, while 2,935,712 or 70 per cent have had a second dose.

Among Māori, 389,884 or 68 per cent have had their first dose while 272,446 or 48 per cent have had their second dose.

In Pacific people, the number of first doses has hit 235,267 or 82 per cent, while 179,554 second doses or 63 per cent have been given out.

Fifty-five people were in hospital yesterday, including five in intensive care. The average age of those in hospital is 43, the Ministry of Health said.

Of the 55, eight are in North Shore, 19 in Middlemore, 27 in Auckland and one in Waikato.

The Blenheim case was a person who flew to the Marlborough town from Rotorua on Thursday.

A small number of close contacts have been identified and are isolating with tests being arranged. No locations of interest have, as yet, been identified.

The Northland cases, which include two first revealed on Friday, are all related to each other and are contacts of a recently diagnosed case in Auckland. Seven of the new Waikato cases are in Te Awamutu and one in Hamilton.

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