A further 41 Covid-19 cases in the community have been reported, bringing the total number in the current outbreak to 148. Of the new cases reported on Tuesday, 38 are in Auckland and three in Wellington, Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield says.
There are eight people in hospital, none are in ICU.
Bloomfield says the biggest sub-cluster features 58 cases linked to the Assembly of God church in Mangere. More than 500 people have been tested in relation to the church cluster. What he terms the Birkdale social group, where the original cases emerged on Auckland's North Shore, is the second biggest group with 23 cases.
Bloomfield expects daily case numbers to continue rising over the next couple of days. He says dealing with the Delta variant of Covid-19 is like dealing with a new virus. Bloomfield says modelling suggests the peak has not yet been hit, and while the numbers increased on Tuesday, it's reassuring that cases have not risen exponentially.
There are now 15,741 contacts, with most classified as close contacts. There are another 100 locations of interest bringing the total to more than 420.
Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson says Monday was the best day yet for vaccinations, with 63,333 done in the day. More than 35,000 tests were conducted on Monday with 26,500 of them in Auckland.
On Monday 35 new Covid-19 cases were reported, bringing the total number of cases in the community to 107 with eight in Wellington and the rest in Auckland. The Government also extended the Level 4 lockdown until at least Tuesday, August 31 for Auckland, and Friday, August 27 for the rest of New Zealand.
Here's the Ministry of Health's press release.
41 additional community cases of COVID-19; one new case in managed isolation facilities
24 August 2021
There are 41 new cases of COVID-19 in the New Zealand community to confirm today. This brings the total number of cases in the community outbreak to 148.
Of these 41 new cases, 19 are female and 22 are male. 31 of these are Pacific peoples, three are Asian and seven are European.
The total number of community cases in Auckland is now 137 and 11 in Wellington.
All of the cases have or are being transferred safely to a managed isolation facility, under strict infection prevention and control procedures, including the use of full PPE.
As previously indicated, it’s not unexpected to see a rise in daily case numbers at this stage. At its peak last year, New Zealand had a daily total of 89 new cases.
There are currently 9 hospitalisations, of which 8 are associated with the current outbreak (7 related to community transmission and 1 border-related).
Of the 148 cases in the cluster, 89 are already epidemiologically linked to other community cases identified in the outbreak. Investigations are continuing to determine whether and how the remaining 59 cases are linked to the outbreak. There are currently 6 epidemiologically-linked subclusters identified within this outbreak. The two largest clusters are the Birkdale Social Network cluster associated with Case A (approximately 23 confirmed cases) and a cluster associated with the AOG church in Mangere (approximately 58 cases). We will continue to release this information and new locations of interest as it becomes available.
There is one new case in recent returnees in a managed isolation facility.
New cases identified at the border
Arrival date From Via Positive test day/reason Managed isolation/quarantine location 17 August Full travel history to be confirmed Full travel history to be confirmed Day 6/routine Auckland
The total number of active cases being managed in New Zealand is currently 183.
Since 1 January 2021, there have been 123 historical cases, out of a total of 922 cases.
Our total number of confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic is 2740.
Yesterday, 35,376 tests were processed across New Zealand.
Testing nationwide remains a priority in our assessment of spread and in determining the edges of the outbreak.
Yesterday, testing centres in Auckland had yet another busy day with more than 26,500 swabs taken across Tâmaki Makaurau, with around 9,000 at community testing centres and a further 17,500 at general practice and urgent care clinics
There are 22 community testing centres across Auckland today – including a new walk-in testing centre which opened today at Victoria Park carpark in Auckland CBD.
In Wellington, 2,533 tests were processed yesterday – and 11 community testing centres are open again today.
All DHBs are ensuring there is good access to testing across the regions.
For up-to-date information on all testing locations, please visit Healthpoint.co.nz.
The total number of COVID-19 tests processed by laboratories to date is 2,763,229.
The seven-day rolling average is 28,405.
No positive wastewater testing results in the most recent samples collected outside the Auckland and Wellington regions.
In Auckland, COVID-19 was detected in samples collected on Saturday 21 August 2021 from seven sites including North Shore (Rosedale, Albany).
In the Wellington region, the virus was detected in a sample collected on 22 August from Moa Point, Wellington and in the same site in the previous two days. There were no other detections in Wellington or in the wider region (22 and 23 August).
Public health staff across New Zealand continue to contact trace, with a focus on higher risk locations.
The number of contacts has increased significantly. This is something we expected as we identify more cases and test in large numbers.
As of 9am today, 15,741 individual contacts have been identified and over half have had a negative a test – and this number will increase throughout the day, as records are fully processed. The majority of these contacts are close contacts.
Locations of interest
We are continuing to add locations of interest as interviews from confirmed cases are completed by public health staff.
There are now more than 400 locations of interest listed on the Ministry’s website.
Of these, 12 locations of interest are in Wellington, a few are scattered across the North Island and the rest are located in Auckland. There are also two flights between Auckland Wellington.
We will continue to update this information regularly.
The Ministry’s website also includes advice on what to do if you were at any of these locations at the time when you could potentially have been exposed. Alerts are being sent to people who scanned in using the COVID-19 Tracer App at locations during the relevant times.
If you were at a location of interest at the specified time, please self-isolate and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on testing.
COVID-19 vaccine update
More than 2.85 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to date.
Of these, 1.82 million are first doses and more than 1.02 million are second doses.
More than 160,000 Mâori have received their first vaccination. More than 94,000 have also had their second vaccinations.
More than 106,000 doses have been administered to Pacific peoples and more than 64,000 have also received their second doses.
Yesterday 44,250 first doses were given, and 19,082 second doses were given, bringing yesterday’s total doses administered to 63,333. This is the biggest daily total to date.
NZ COVID Tracer
NZ COVID Tracer now has 3,050,066 registered users.
Poster scans have reached 328,683,310 and users have created 14,029,326 manual diary entries.
There have been 578,588 scans in the 24 hours to midday yesterday.