New Zealand Records Highest Number Of COVID-19 Cases Since Pandemic Began

Writer: Lois

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Today, New Zealand has 102 recorded COVID-19 cases, the nation’s highest number of cases since the pandemic began. Yesterday, 60 new community cases were recorded.

According to the New Zealand Ministry of Health, 94 of today’s cases are in Auckland and eight in Waikato’s Te Awamutu area.

Around 30 are household contacts, while 40 remain unlinked. There have been 199 unlinked cases in the past two weeks.

One Waikato case travelled to Hawke’s Bay last Friday, testing positive after returning to Te Awamutu.

New Zealand Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield has confirmed no known positive cases in Hawke’s Bay.

A decision on Waikato’s alert levels is expected today.

New Zealand has now had 2260 cases in the current community outbreak and 4956 since the beginning of the pandemic.

“UK data shows that of 40,000 patients hospitalised in the six months to the middle of this year in the UK, 84 per cent of those people hospitalised hadn’t been vaccinated and only 3 per cent of cases in hospital were fully vaccinated,” said Dr Bloomfield.

He added that New Zealand’s data was similar to the UK.

According to the US Centres For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a person is considered unvaccinated within the first 14 days following vaccination.

Dr Bloomfield stated that allied health professionals working in settings outside district health boards and hospitals could provide services under alert level 3. The updated rules allow around 2000 allied health professionals in Auckland alone to provide services and continue telehealth services where most appropriate.

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