Covid-19 replace: 21 new group instances in New Zealand right this moment

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2021-08-21 07:47:12

There have been 21 new group instances of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand right this moment.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director of Public Well being Caroline McElnay have given an replace on the Covid-19 scenario.

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Three of the brand new instances are in Wellington, whereas the remainder are in Auckland. There are additionally three new Covid-19 instances to report in latest returnees right this moment.

Dr McElnay stated the whole variety of group instances linked to the present Auckland outbreak are 51.

All instances have been or are being transferred to managed isolation amenities utilizing strict an infection prevention and management procedures, McElnay stated.

Ardern stated she nonetheless anticipated instances to rise via to subsequent week earlier than they began to fall away.

“One of many issues we’ve got realized from NSW is that the virus can preserve spreading throughout lockdown from folks going to work or folks breaking the principles of the lockdown, this is likely one of the key causes their case numbers preserve going up and their lockdown prolonged.”

She stated nobody wished an prolonged lockdown so to keep away from this she requested everybody to “follow your bubble”.

Greater than 5000 particular person contacts have been recognized and the Well being Ministry expects that may develop and improve by one other 5000 by the top of right this moment.

The vast majority of these contacts are situated in Auckland and Waikato areas with a small proportion situated in the remainder of the North Island and the South Island, stated Dr McElnay.

She stated public well being employees are quickly interviewing instances to learn the way they had been contaminated and to find out additional particulars of their actions.

“They’re working tirelessly to analyze the instances.”

McElnay says isolating in alert stage 4 means isolating your self away from different family members, so when contacts get examined they should stay remoted till they get their exams again.

She stated 829 Waitematā DHB employees had been examined and all outcomes thus far had been unfavourable, with 208 outcomes pending. All sufferers from affected areas have returned unfavourable exams.

North Shore Hospital’s emergency division stays closed and ambulances are being diverted to different Auckland emergency departments.

ESR have accomplished genome sequencing for 29 instances – together with the three introduced in Wellington yesterday and they’re all linked to the Auckland cluster, McElnay says.

Dr McElnay stated there had additionally been Covid-19 present in wastewater testing in Warkworth, north of Auckland. Further wastewater testing can be taken from Warkworth and Snells Seaside right this moment and tomorrow.

There are 41 websites across the nation the place wastewater testing is being achieved. Covid-19 continues to be detected in Auckland’s wastewater.

Regardless of the rise in numbers, Ardern stated there was some excellent news with New Zealand hitting two information yesterday, with essentially the most variety of vaccines and exams carried out.

There have been 56,843 vaccines administered yesterday – essentially the most in a single day. Ardern stated 72 % of NZers aged 40+ are both booked or have been vaccinated with at the least one dose.

“That is nice progress,” Ardern stated.

Greater than 150,000 vaccination bookings had been made yesterday.

Yesterday additionally noticed essentially the most Covid-19 exams processed in a single day, with 41,464 exams accomplished.

“The actual fact we’ve got achieved each these outcomes on the identical day is extraordinary and is strictly what we have to do to get on high of the outbreak and for the longer term.”

There are 14 group testing stations open throughout Auckland right this moment, Ardern stated.

On areas of curiosity, Ardern stated new genome sequencing info that had come out meant areas that had been posted previous to 7 August had been now not areas of curiosity.

She stated if you’re sick and can’t get out to the grocery store you may get household or buddies to drop off meals by contactless supply.

“Compliance and lowering contact is essential to stopping the virus.”

General, compliance has been excellent, she stated.

The Prime Minister yesterday introduced the alert stage 4 lockdown would proceed till at the least midnight Tuesday.

Since then, new instances of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed on the College of Auckland and two extra Auckland colleges. As well as, the record of areas of curiosity has been rising.

Comply with our stay weblog for extra updates as they occur right this moment.

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Director of Public Well being Caroline McElnay is giving a Covid-19 replace with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern right this moment.
Photograph: RNZ/Samuel Rillstone

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