Covid-19 replace: 35 new group circumstances forward of alert stage announcement

A health worker at the Devonport Covid-19 testing station.

2021-08-23 07:05:29

There are 35 new group circumstances of Covid-19 forward of the federal government’s alert stage announcement this afternoon.

A health worker at the Devonport Covid-19 testing station.

Picture: RNZ / Marika Khabazi

In a press release, the Ministry of Well being stated 33 of the brand new circumstances had been in Auckland and two had been in Wellington.

That brings the entire variety of circumstances locally outbreak to 107.

All the circumstances have or are being transferred safely to a managed isolation facility, below strict an infection prevention and management procedures, together with the usage of full PPE, it stated.

“As beforehand indicated, it isn’t surprising to see an increase in each day case numbers at this stage. At its peak final 12 months, New Zealand had a each day whole of 89 new circumstances.”

The full variety of group circumstances in Auckland is now 99 and Wellington’s variety of group circumstances has elevated to eight.

“Of the 107 circumstances within the cluster, 72 are already epidemiologically linked to different group circumstances recognized within the outbreak. Investigations are persevering with to find out whether or not and the way the remaining 35 circumstances are linked to the outbreak,” the ministry stated.

“Nevertheless, most have a believable hyperlink on preliminary evaluation. For instance, folks had been at a location of curiosity. We are going to proceed to launch this info and new areas of curiosity because it turns into accessible.”

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The ministry stated ESR was additionally persevering with to run complete genome sequencing on circumstances. Yesterday 29 samples had been sequenced and all had been confirmed as being linked to the Auckland outbreak, it stated.

In addition to the brand new group circumstances, there are three new circumstances in current returnees in managed isolation amenities.

The full variety of lively circumstances being managed in New Zealand is 154.

Since 1 January 2021, there have been 123 historic circumstances, out of a complete of 880 circumstances.

The full variety of confirmed circumstances for the reason that begin of the pandemic is 2698.

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Covid-19 testing

Yesterday, 35,766 checks had been processed throughout New Zealand.

“Testing centres in Auckland had one other busy day yesterday with simply over 17,000 swabs taken throughout Auckland, with round 11,000 at group testing centres and round 6000 at basic apply and pressing care clinics. This was our greatest day so far at our group testing centres,” the ministry stated.

It’s reminding folks to get examined in the event that they had been at a location of curiosity, on the specified instances, or have chilly and flu signs.

There are 16 group testing centres accessible for testing throughout Auckland this afternoon, together with a brand new website at Pukekohe.

Greater than 3850 checks had been processed yesterday for Wellington and the Hutt Valley with 11 group testing centres working, and round 32 GPs open for testing.

The ministry additionally reminded folks to put on a masks when going to get examined and to scan in to the QR codes situated on website, and if doable to take their NHI quantity with them.

“You can discover your NHI variety of a hospital letter, a prescription or prescription receipt. The Ministry has additionally established a brand new 0800 quantity to seek out out – 0800 855 066.”

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The full variety of Covid-19 checks processed so far is 2,727,853.

Wastewater testing

The ministry stated there was no new findings to report at present. It stated ESR is at present amassing wastewater samples from websites all through New Zealand for testing.

“Yesterday, we reported Covid-19 had continued to be detected at Moa Level in Wellington and within the Auckland area, however that samples taken from different websites in Wellington at Porirua, Seaview and Karori and now from the North Shore at Rosedale and Albany, had been detrimental.

“Samples taken on Friday and Saturday returned no different surprising detections anyplace else within the nation.”

Places of curiosity

The ministry stated it’s persevering with so as to add areas of curiosity as interviews from confirmed circumstances accomplished by public well being workers.

There at the moment are greater than 280 areas of curiosity listed on the ministry’s web site.

Of those, 11 areas of curiosity are in Wellington, a number of are scattered throughout the North Island and the remaining are situated in Auckland. There are additionally two flights between Auckland Wellington.

Crowne Plaza investigation

The ministry stated public well being officers are persevering with to research those that used the atrium thoroughfare on the Crowne Plaza whereas the earliest recognized case was within the foyer, as there’s a chance of air move between the 2 areas.

“A complete of six folks walked within the open walkway whereas the case was within the foyer, of these 4 have been recognized and three have examined detrimental and one individual is within the means of getting a check. There are two folks nonetheless to be recognized, which police are helping with.

“This throughfare is situated contained in the Crowne Plaza constructing and isn’t the skin walkway which is used to entry the Huawei Centre.”

It has been confirmed the case was indoors whereas a really small variety of folks walked within the open walkway, which is nicely ventilated, it stated.

On Part 70 notices, the ministry reminded people who the discover stays in place, inserting a authorized requirement on all individuals who had been at areas of curiosity on the related instances to observe the directions concerning isolation and testing.

“It is usually essential that important employees frequently examine the areas of curiosity to allow them to isolate instantly and get examined if they’ve been at any of those areas on the related instances.

“One other Part 70 discover is in place, making use of that to family members of those that have been at areas of curiosity or have been categorised as a detailed contact. These family members are required to isolate till the contact has returned a detrimental day-five check end result.”

Family members will not be required to be examined except they develop signs.

On vaccines, there have been administered 35,800 doses administered nationally yesterday. This was made up of 26,835 first doses, and 8965 second doses.

Greater than 2.78 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered so far (to 11.59pm on 22 August).

The Covid-19 Tracer app now has 3,026,123 registered customers.

In the meantime, the federal government will announce any lockdown adjustments at 4pm however has already signalled Auckland is more likely to stay in lockdown some time longer.

The variety of group circumstances of Covid-19 grew by 21 yesterday, 20 in Auckland and one in Wellington, taking the entire quantity within the present outbreak to 72.

In the meantime, a Covid-19 modeller had stated he anticipated to see the nationwide lockdown have an effect on new case numbers by the tip of the week.

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