Covid-19: 27 new community cases, two in BOP

Two new cases are being reported in the BOP today.

There are two Covid-19 cases to report in the Western Bay of Plenty today.

One of today’s case is a household previously reported cases, and one is still being investigated for potential links, says a statement from the Ministry of Health.

Both cases are isolating at home.

"At this stage, no further positive Covid-19 test results have been received associated with the drum and bass festival in Tauranga’s Wharepai Domain on January 3 which had been attended by a person with Covid-19.

"All those who attended the festival should monitor for symptoms and get tested if any symptoms develop, no matter how mild."

The Ministry says no further cases have been linked to the festival and the initial test results of the 11 close contacts of the Wellington case are all negative.

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

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

  •   •  Northland DHB: First doses (89%); second doses (85%)

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

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

  •   •  Bay of Plenty DHB: First doses (94%); second doses (90%)

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

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

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

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

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

  •   •  Capital and Coast DHB: First doses (98%); second doses (96%)

  •   •  Hutt Valley DHB: First doses (96%); second doses (94%)


  •   •  Cases in hospital: 35; Northland 1; North Shore: 6; Auckland: 12; Middlemore: 13, Tauranga: 3.


  •   •  Seven day rolling average of community cases: 30

  •   •  Number of new community cases: 27

  •   •  Number of new cases identified at the border: 33

  •   •  Location of new community cases over past two days: Auckland (16), *Waikato (5), Bay of Plenty (2), Lakes (1), **Hawke’s Bay (2), Wellington (1)

  •   •  Number of community cases (total): 11,169 (in current community outbreak)

  •   •  Cases epidemiologically linked (total): 8,426

  •   •  Number of active cases (total): 1,073 (cases identified in the past 21 days and not yet classified as recovered)

  •   •  Confirmed cases (total): 14,358


  •   •  Number of active contacts being managed (total): 6,196

  •   •  Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements): 66%

  •   •  Percentage who have returned at least one result: 69%


  •   •  Number of tests total (last 24 hours): 10,519

  •   •  Tests rolling average (last 7 days): 12,345

  •   •  Auckland tests total (last 24 hours): 5,587


There were no unexpected wastewater detections.


  •   •  Poster scans in the 24 hours to midday yesterday: 1,957,979

  •   •  Manual diary entries in the 24 hours to midday: 37,784

My Vaccine Pass

  •   •  My vaccine pass downloads total: 4,710,766

  •   •  My vaccine pass downloads (last 24 hours): 8,041

Today’s cases

The Minsitry is reporting new community cases in Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Lakes and Wellington.

"We ae also reporting two cases in Hawke’s Bay, as outlined below.

"They tested positive in Waikato but have Hawke’s Bay addresses. We are also reporting one case in Northland today which will officially be added to tomorrow’s numbers."

Auckland metro vaccination update

Today, the Ministry is reporting 96 per cent first dose and 94 per cent second dose in Auckland metro’s figures.

"These percentages are lower than those we reported in yesterday’s update. Yesterday’s percentages reflected the current situation in the Auckland DHB area only.

"Today’s numbers reflect the combined percentage for Auckland, Waitemata and Counties Manukau DHBs."

Regional updates

"We are continuing to ask anyone in New Zealand with symptoms – no matter how mild – to get tested, even if you’re vaccinated.

"Please stay at home until you return a negative test result.  We are also asking people to regularly check the locations of interest as these are regularly updated and to follow the advice provided."

Testing and vaccination centre locations nationwide can be found on the Healthpoint website.

Please also continue to check for any updated Locations of Interest and appropriate health advice, updated regularly on the Ministry’s website.


There is one new case to announce in Northland today – in the Hokianga area.

This case was reported after the daily cut-off and will be included in tomorrow’s figures.

This case is linked to a known case in the Hokianga and was already in isolation as a close contact when they tested positive.

Further investigations are underway to confirm any potential exposures from this case


There are 16 cases to report in Auckland today.

Health and welfare providers are now supporting 944 people in the region to isolate at home, including 204 cases.


There are five new cases in the Waikato today, three are unlinked.

Two are in Hamilton, one in Ngāruawāhia, one in Whitianga, one in Coromandel town.

Pop-up testing sites are operating in Whangamatā and testing is available at general practices in Whangamatā, Whitianga and Te Awamutu by appointment.

For details of all dedicated testing sites including other general practices, please visit Healthpoint, the DHB webpage or DHB Facebook page.

In the Waikato, Public Health, primary care and manaaki providers are supporting 36 cases to isolate at home.


There is one case to report in Rotorua today.

The case is still being investigated for links to previously reported cases.

**Hawke’s Bay

There are two Hawke’s Bay residents who have tested positive while in Waikato.

Both cases are previously linked to reported cases in Waikato.

Both cases are currently isolating in Te Kūiti. There are no known exposure events associated with these cases in Hawke’s Bay.


There is one new case to report in Wellington.

The case attended the Britomart Block Party in Auckland on New Year’s Eve.

Anyone who attended this event between 11.15pm on 31 December and 2.30am on 1 January are advised to immediately get tested then self-monitor for Covid-19 symptoms for 10 days after you were exposed. If you have symptoms get tested, stay home until you receive a negative test result.

The case is in isolation and, at this stage, no associated locations of interest have been identified in the Wellington region. Locations of interest for other Wellington cases are published on the Ministry website and we encourage people to check these and follow the instructions for symptoms and testing.

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