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One new Covid community case in the BOP

One new Covid community case is being reported in the Bay of Plenty today.

The Ministry of Health has announced 18 new community cases nationally - 13 in Auckland, three in the Waikato, one in the Bay of Plenty and one in the Lakes District.

There are also 16 new Covid cases at the border.

There are five new Omicron cases at the border, taking the total to 54.

The Ministry reports there are 54 Covid cases in hospital; Auckland: 19; North Shore: 7; Middlemore: 22; Tauranga: 3; Rotorua: 2; Waikato: 1.

The Ministry of Health is today reporting a woman in her 70s, who had Covid-19, died last night at Middlemore Hospital. 

"The family has requested that no further details be released and, out of respect for those wishes, we will be making no further comment at this time," says an MOH spokesperson.

"Our thoughts and condolences are with the patient’s family and friends at this deeply sad time."

See below for a full breakdown of today's numbers.

Regional Breakdown

Auckland 

There are 13 new cases being reported in Auckland over the past 24 hours.  

Health and welfare providers are now supporting 1,531 people to isolate at home, including 422 cases. 

Waikato 

There are three new cases in the Waikato today with two in Te Kūiti, and one in Hamilton. 

Two were known contacts of previous cases.  The remaining case is under investigation.  

For details of dedicated testing sites operating over the holiday period, please visit the dedicated DHB page or DHB Facebook page. 

In the Waikato, Public Health, primary care and manaaki providers are supporting 66 cases to isolate at home. 

Bay of Plenty 

There is one new case being reported in the Bay of Plenty today, in Tauranga. 

This case is a household contact of a previously reported case and is in isolation. 

Lakes 

There is one new case being reported in the Lakes DHB area today, in Rotorua. 

Investigations into any potential connections to this case are underway. 

COVID-19 vaccine update 

  •   •  Vaccines administered to date (percentage of eligible people): 3,972,045 first doses (94%); 3,837,202 second doses (91%); 28,011 third primary doses; 276,949 booster doses. 

  •   •  Vaccines administered yesterday: 199 first doses; 1,559 second doses; 46 third primary doses and 2,345 booster doses. 

  •   •  Māori (percentage of eligible people): 499,066 first doses (87%); 455,191 second doses (80%) 

  •   •  Pacific Peoples (percentage of eligible people): 269,224 first doses (94%); 256,127 second doses (89%) 

Vaccination rates by DHB with active cases (percentage of eligible people) 

  •   •  Northland DHB: First doses (88%); second doses (84%) 

  •   •  Auckland Metro DHBs: First doses (96%); second doses (93%) 

  •   •  Waikato DHB: First doses (93%); second doses (90%) 

  •   •  Bay of Plenty DHB: First doses (93%); second doses (89%) 

  •   •  Lakes DHB: First doses (92%); second doses (87%) 

  •   •  Taranaki DHB: First doses (93%); second doses (89%) 

  •   •  Tairāwhiti DHB: First doses (91%); second doses (85%) 

  •   •  Hutt Valley DHB: First doses (95%); second doses (92%) 

  •   •  Canterbury DHB: First doses (98%); second doses (95%) 

Hospitalisations  

  •   •  Cases in hospital: 54; Auckland: 19; North Shore: 7; Middlemore: 22; Tauranga: 3; Rotorua: 2; Waikato: 1. 

  •   •  Vaccination status of current hospitalisations (Northern Region wards only): Unvaccinated or not eligible (19 cases / 46.3%); partially immunised

  •   •  Average age of current hospitalisations: 51. 

  •   •  Cases in ICU or HDU: 8 (2 in Auckland; 3 in Middlemore; 2 in Tauranga, 1 in Rotorua). 

Cases 

  •   •  Seven day rolling average of community cases: 48.3 

  •   •  Number of new community cases: 18 

  •   •  Number of new cases identified at the border: 16 

  •   •  Number of new Omicron cases identified at the border: 5, taking total to 54 

  •   •  Location of new community cases: Auckland (13), Waikato (3), Bay of Plenty (1), and Lakes (1). 

  •   •  Number of community cases (current community outbreak total): 10,670 

  •   •  Cases epidemiologically linked (total): 7,966 

  •   •  Number of active cases (total cases identified in the past 21 days and not yet classed as recovered): 1,334 

  •   •  Confirmed cases (total): 13,562 

Contacts 

  •   •  Number of active contacts being managed (total): 6,363 

  •   •  Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements): 81% 

  •   •  Percentage who have returned at least one result: 74% 

Tests 

  •   •  Number of tests total (last 24 hours): 7,540 

  •   •  Tests rolling average (last 7 days): 14,890 

  •   •   Auckland tests total (last 24 hours): 3,617 

As yesterday was a statutory holiday, testing number remain lower than usual as expected.

Wastewater 

  •   •  No unexpected wastewater detections to report. 

NZ COVID Tracer 

  •   •  Poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday: 2,113,701 

  •   •  Manual diary entries in 24 hours to midday: 40,536 

My Vaccine Pass

  •   •  My vaccine passes issued total: 4,553,294 

  •   •  My vaccine passes issued yesterday: 9,116 

New cases identified at the border

Arrival date  

From  

Via  

Positive test day/reason  

Managed isolation/
quarantine location  

24 December 

Australia 

Direct 

Day 1/routine test 

Auckland 

16 December 

Qatar 

Australia 

Day 9/routine test 

Auckland 

24 December  

United States  

Direct 

Day 1/routine test 

Christchurch 

21 December  

United States 

Direct  

Day 5/routine test 

Auckland 

21 December  

United States 

Direct  

Day 5/routine test 

Auckland 

25 December 

Australia 

Direct 

Day 1/routine test 

Auckland 

25 December 

Australia 

Direct 

Day 1/routine test 

Auckland 

24 December  

United States 

Direct 

Day 3/routine test 

Christchurch 

24 December  

United Kingdom 

United Arab Emirates 

Day 1/routine test 

Auckland 

24 December  

Uganda  

United Arab Emirates 

Day 1/routine test 

Rotorua 

24 December  

Sri Lanka 

United Arab Emirates 

Day 1/routine test 

Rotorua 

25 December  

Australia 

Direct 

Day 1/symptomatic 

Auckland 

25 December  

Australia 

Direct 

Day 1/symptomatic 

Auckland 

23 December  

Qatar 

Australia 

Day 4/contact of a case 

Auckland 

24 December  

United States 

Direct 

Day 3/routine 

Christchurch 

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