Covid-19: Five in BOP, two in Coromandel

The Ministry of Health is reporting 19 new community cases in Auckland, Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, and Taranaki.

There are five cases to report today in the Bay of Plenty.

"Three cases are in Tauranga and the other two cases are in the Western Bay of Plenty District. All cases are contacts of previously notified cases," says the MOH.

"There is one case to report in Taupō, which is still being investigated for potential links."

Of today's Waikato cases, two are in Coromandel, one is in Tairua, one is in Hamilton and one location pending confirmation. 

Three have been linked to previous cases with two remaining under investigation, says the MOH.

"A pop-up testing site is operating in Waihi and testing is available at Whitianga general practices. For details of all dedicated testing sites operating over the holiday period, please visit Healthpoint, the DHB webpage or DHB Facebook page. 

"In the Waikato, Public Health, primary care and manaaki providers are supporting 50 cases to isolate at home."


There are six new cases being reported in Auckland today.

Health and welfare providers are now supporting 1066 people to isolate at home, including 291 cases.


Today the Ministry is reporting one new case in Taranaki. This is a household contact of a previous case and linked to the Eltham cluster.

"They have been in isolation across the festive period. This new case will be included in tomorrow’ official figures.

"Public health staff are continuing to investigate to determine links to any previously reported cases in the region. Public health staff are also working to identify any other locations of interest and these will be updated on the Ministry of Health webpage as soon as possible.

"The Emergency Department at Taranaki Base Hospital has been identified as an exposure event. The DHB is working with those who may be affected.

"At this stage, no staff have had to be stood down.  Anyone at the Emergency Department between Saturday 1 January at 6.30pm and midnight on Sunday 2 January will be considered a casual contact."

See below for more of today's number breakdown:

COVID-19 vaccine update

  •   •  Vaccines administered to date (percentage of eligible people): 3,977,174 first doses (94%); 3,862,780 second doses (92%); 29,881 third primary doses; 380,408 booster doses

  •   •  Vaccines administered yesterday: 1,307 first doses; 4,601 second doses; 599 third primary doses and 41,165 booster doses.

  •   •  Māori (percentage of eligible people): 501,269 first doses (88%); 464,070 second doses (81%)

  •   •  Pacific Peoples (percentage of eligible people): 271,769 first doses (95%); 260,261 second doses (91%)

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

  •   •  Northland DHB: First doses (89%); second doses (84%)

  •   •  Auckland Metro DHBs: First doses (96%); second doses (94%)

  •   •  Waikato DHB: First doses (94%); second doses (91%)

  •   •  Bay of Plenty DHB: First doses (93%); second doses (90%)

  •   •  Lakes DHB: First doses (92%); second doses (88%)

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

  •   •  Tairāwhiti DHB: First doses (91%); second doses (86%)

  •   •  Hawke’s Bay DHB: First doses (95%); second doses (91%)

  •   •  Canterbury DHB: First doses (98%); second doses (96%)


Cases in hospital: 38; North Shore: 5; Auckland: 14; Middlemore: 15, Tauranga: 4,

Vaccination status of current hospitalisations (Northern Region wards only): Unvaccinated or not eligible (13 cases / 40.6%); partially immunised

Average age of current hospitalisations: 55

Cases in ICU or HDU: 4 (2 in Middlemore and 2 in Tauranga).


  •   •  Seven day rolling average of community cases: 34

  •   •  Number of new community cases: 19

  •   •  Number of new cases identified at the border: 43

  •   •  Location of new community cases: Auckland (6), Waikato (5), Bay of Plenty (5), Northland (1), Taranaki (2)

  •   •  Number of community cases (total): 11.022 (in current community outbreak)

  •   •  Cases epidemiologically linked (total): 8,304

  •   •  Number of active cases (total): 1,081 (cases identified in the past 21 days and not yet classified as recovered)

  •   •  Confirmed cases (total): 14,092


  •   •   Number of active contacts being managed (total): 5,223

  •   •  Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements): 82%

  •   •  Percentage who have returned at least one result: 78%


  •   •  Number of tests total (last 24 hours): 12,253

  •   •  Tests rolling average (last 7 days): 11,159

  •   •  Auckland tests total (last 24 hours): 5,887


No unexpected detections.


Poster scans in the 24 hours to midday yesterday: 2,375,703

Manual diary entries in the 24 hours to midday: 44,656

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  •   •  My vaccine pass downloads total: 4,658,695

  •   •  My vaccine pass downloads (last 24 hours): 17,609

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