The Ministry of Health is reporting 14 new Covid cases, all in Auckland and all linked. Meanwhile bookings for managed isolation will reopen on Monday (September 20).
All cases reported in the last three days have been linked. Just eight of the cases in the last 14 days have now not been linked.
The latest case numbers are down from 15 on Tuesday.
It brings the total in this outbreak to 983.
A managed isolation worker at the SO/ Auckland MI facility had tested positive. It appears this might be linked to the community outbreak. The worker had been fully vaccinated and was now in isolation.
Three of the 15 cases reported on Tuesday had been infectious in the community.
Aucklanders in particular have been urged to get out and get tested, and there were an increased number of over 10,000 swabs taken on Tuesday in Auckland.
There were 62,000 vaccinations on Tuesday.
Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said more than 70% of the eligible population had received at least one dose, with 36% both.
Hipkins said 250,000 of the extra doses bought from Denmark had arrived in Auckland on Wednesday. This is on top of 275,000 that arrived from Spain last week.
He said there was now "nothing holding back" getting vaccinations done.
On the re-opening of the voucher system for managed isolation bookings, Hipkins said 3000 vouchers would be released next week and then it was planned for 4000 every fortnight. (See release at bottom of article.)
Hipkins indicated that Cabinet would be deciding on the currently paused trans-Tasman bubble next week. He indicated that the suspension of the bubble would be continued.
This is the detailed update from the Ministry of Health:
|Number of new community cases||14|
|Number of new cases identified at the border||3 historical cases|
|Location of new cases||Auckland|
|Location of community cases (total)||Auckland 966 (441 of whom have recovered); Wellington 17 (15 of whom have recovered)|
|Number of community cases (total)||983 (in current community outbreak)|
|Cases infectious in the community||Three (19%) of yesterday’s 15 cases have exposure events|
|Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious||13 (81%) of yesterday’s 15 cases|
|Cases epidemiologically linked||14 of today’s cases|
|Cases to be epidemiologically linked||0 of today’s cases|
|Cases epidemiologically linked (total)||947 (in current cluster) (8 in past 14 days unlinked)|
|Number of sub-clusters||Nine epidemiologically linked subclusters. The three largest subclusters are the Māngere church group: 381; and Birkdale social network cluster: 77; secondary community transmission associated with the Māngere church group 164.
And nine epidemiologically unlinked subclusters.
|Cases in hospital||20 (total): North Shore (3); Middlemore (11); Auckland (6)|
|Cases in ICU or HDU||Four|
|Confirmed cases (total)||3,981 since pandemic began|
|Historical cases, since 1 Jan 2021 (total)||147 out of 1,807 since 1 Jan 2021|
|Number of active contacts being managed (total):||970|
|Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements)||95%|
|Percentage with at least one test result||90%|
|Locations of interest|
|Locations of interest (total)||135 (as at 10am 11 September)|
|Number of tests (total)||3,173,328|
|Number of tests total (last 24 hours)||15,105|
|Tests in Auckland (last 24 hours)||10,150|
|Tests rolling average (last 7 days)||13,009|
|Testing centres in Auckland||23|
|Wastewater detections||One unexpected detection from Snells Beach (from 7 September, delay due to logistical issue), additional testing underway.|
|COVID-19 vaccine update|
|Vaccines administered to date (total)||4,444,065; 1st doses: 2,937,591; 2nd doses: 1,506,474|
|Vaccines administered yesterday (total)||62,155; 1st doses: 39,437; 2nd doses: 22,718|
|Māori||1st doses: 274,022; 2nd doses: 131,725|
|Pacific Peoples||1st doses: 177,483; 2nd doses: 90,957|
|NZ COVID-19 tracer|
|Registered users (total)||3,218,225|
|Poster scans (total)||358,863,106|
|Manual diary entries (total)||16,294,101|
|Poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday||2,338,860|
* We now have 996 contacts under active management. This is a change from reporting total contacts across the whole outbreak. The number of contacts under active management has fallen considerably over the past two weeks, as the majority of our contacts had exposures more than 18 days ago and have been closed.
Historical cases identified at the border
|Arrival date||From||Via||Positive test day/reason||Managed isolation/quarantine location|
|8 September||India||Serbia & Montenegro||Day 0 / routine||Christchurch|
|8 September||India||Serbia & Montenegro||Day 3 / routine||Christchurch|
|9 September||USA||Direct flight||Day 0 / routine||Christchurch|
Thank you to everyone in Auckland who has come forward to be tested.
We saw an increase in testing in Auckland yesterday – with 10,341 swabs taken yesterday, up from 7,057 the day before.
We are continuing to remind people across Auckland to get tested if you have symptoms, or if you have no symptoms but are invited to be tested, especially if you live in and around Mt Eden, Massey, Favona, Ōtara, Papatoetoe, Māngere and Manurewa.
This is the release on managed isolation:
The pause on the release of managed isolation vouchers will end on 20 September as MIQ rolls out a virtual lobby for the next release of MIQ vouchers.
The release of approximately 3,000 rooms across September – December will take place at 9am NZT on Monday 20 September, in the Managed Isolation Allocation System (MIAS).
Joint Head of MIQ, Megan Main, says the lobby system is being tried out to make booking more transparent and will create a more level playing field for people trying to access the booking site
“MIQ’s primary job is to keep New Zealand safe during the pandemic. We have done this while enabling more than 170,000 people to enter New Zealand,” she said.
“We operate in a very complex environment and Delta changes everything. We need to balance a lot of competing demands – such as reducing the risk of COVID entering the community, allowing New Zealanders to travel home, and supporting our economy.
“We know that the current environment is difficult, where demand for MIQ rooms is significantly greater than the number of rooms available. I know people spend many hours in front of their computers constantly refreshing in the hopes of securing a voucher. I know this lack of certainty has been really challenging for people. The lobby means we can let people know in advance when room releases are happening.
“The way it works is that people can enter the lobby one hour prior to the room release – so from 8am NZT on 20 September. This is not a first-in, first-served model. It doesn’t matter when people arrive in the lobby in that 1 hour period, everyone has an equal chance of getting through to try to secure a room. Once the room release starts, all of the people in the lobby will be automatically moved into a queue – this will be randomised, removing the need to be the fastest.
“There is no limit on how many people can wait in the lobby and there is no need to keep refreshing the website anymore. People will be able to see their place in the queue. To enter the lobby, people will need to enter a passport number – this must match a passport number of someone who is travelling, which is entered in the Managed Isolation Allocation System website (it must be the same passport number which will be on the MIQ voucher).
“It’s important that people know their preferred flight route and select the correct date for arrival. We don’t want people to just grab any date. Flights from most locations around the world only arrive on particular days so people need to make sure they’re booking an MIQ date that aligns with the arrival date of a flight from their location. People need to look at the flight checker on the website before the lobby opens, and select the appropriate date for arrival.
“For people wanting to travel from Australia, this voucher release will not include flights from Australia, which means you cannot participate this time. However, we’re planning another voucher release in September. We’ll be able to confirm that when a decision is made on the Trans-Tasman Bubble – which the Government expects to be in a position to announce next week.
“Although this new feature should improve user experience, it is not a silver bullet - it will not fix the issue of supply and demand. Unfortunately, in periods of high demand, a lot of people will miss out on securing a room.
“There will still only be a limited number of rooms available during the room release, which means that given the current demand for rooms there will still be people who miss out this time.
“There is not an unlimited number of MIQ rooms, and there’s a good reason for that –we’re in the middle of a global pandemic and we need to keep New Zealand safe. We understand people want to enter MIQ on a date of their choosing, but we have to ensure arrivals in New Zealand occur in a safe, managed way.
“Once all rooms have been taken, the lobby will be closed and anyone in the queue will be informed that they have unfortunately missed out this time. But there will be more rooms coming, there’s still several thousand rooms to be released through to the end of the year. We will continue to announce room releases in advance (at least 24-48 hours before the release) so people will know when to come back.
The lobby will also be used for re-released rooms, as people’s plans change and bookings are cancelled. Previously, these rooms were automatically re-released back into the system for people to book, however MIQ will now hold these and then release them in scheduled releases, with the lobby in place.
“For people overseas who need to travel urgently, they can still apply for an emergency allocation of a voucher. We’ve recently widened the criteria to include people who need to travel home or overseas for time-critical medical treatment and people needing to travel or return to New Zealand due to bereavements of a close family member.
“We’ve increased the eligibility criteria for emergency allocations on at least 3 occasions since the pandemic began. We are increasing the transparency of our room availability by updating our Daily Snapshot and publishing group information”, she said.
“We are constantly looking for ways to improve our systems and processes. Since we implemented the Managed Isolation Allocation System we’ve made about 200 improvements to it.
MIQ will closely monitor how well the lobby system works and whether any further changes are needed.
People are advised to check the MIQ website for instructions about the room release.