Covid-19: 981 new cases in the community, 39 in the hospital
Covid-19: 981 new cases in the community, 39 in the hospital

Covid-19: 981 new cases in the community, 39 in the hospital

There are 981 new cases of Covid-19 in the community and 39 people in the hospital with the virus, the Ministry of Health has announced.

Thirty-three of the cases at the hospital are in Auckland, while the others are in Whangārei, Waikato, Rotorua, Wellington and Christchurch. None of the cases are in the intensive care unit.

Meanwhile, 25 cases have been identified at the border.

There are 981 new cases of Covid-19 in the community.  (File photo)

MARTIN DE RUYTER / STUFF

There are 981 new cases of Covid-19 in the community. (File photo)

Of civil cases, 768 are in Auckland, 21 in Northland, 82 in Waikato, 23 in Bay of Plenty, 12 in Lakes, five in Hawke’s Bay, five in MidCentral, one in Taranaki, six in Tairāwhiti, 12 in Wairarapa, six in Wellington, 14 in Hutt Valley, two in Nelson Marlborough, four in Canterbury, one in southern Canterbury and 19 in southern.

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Over the past 24 hours, 17,616 Covid tests have been conducted across the country, below the seven-day rolling average of 20,732, the ministry said.

Monday’s case represents a record high percentage of positive tests returned, with 5.6 percent of the 17,616 inoculations taken tested positive for Covid-19.

Monday’s new social cases are the highest reported to date and surpass the number 810 new Covid-19 community cases reported Sunday.

However, epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker said the true number of infections could be 10 times higher than the reported cases.

The Cabinet will meet on Monday to consider possible changes to the phases of the Omicron outbreak plan following the rise in cases.

In January, the government announced a three-stage plan, which outlined test changes and reduced insulation requirements for Covid cases to handle the expected increase.

Associate Minister of Health Dr. Ayesha Verrall said New Zealand would be in the first phase while there were “some cases” in the community.

Under this setting, cases will be identified by PCR testing, movements will be examined, and close contacts were notified of exposure.

In the second phase, Verrall said the rapid escalation in cases would require a shift from identifying all infected individuals to targeting those most at risk.

The requirements for self-isolation would be reduced from 10 to seven days, and there would be more reliance on “digital tools” to deal with the spread of the virus.

Verrall said the country would go to the second phase when it reached 1000 registered daily cases.

Last Thursday, Verrall said phase two of the government’s Omicron response was likely to be reached within two weeks.

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