Ministry result

Covid-19: 188 new cases in the community, 27 at the border

There are 188 new cases of Covid-19 in the community and 27 at the border.

The Ministry of Health published the latest information on the Covid-19 epidemic in a press release on Monday afternoon.

Fourteen people are in hospital with the virus and one is in an intensive care unit.

A lab worker at APHG's Taranaki lab unpacks Covid-19 swabs in a negative air pressure cabinet.

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A lab worker at APHG’s Taranaki lab unpacks Covid-19 swabs in a negative air pressure cabinet.

Of the new cases, 117 are in Auckland, 16 in Northland, 15 in Waikato, one in Tairāwhiti, 12 in Lakes, 20 in Bay of Plenty, one in Hawke’s Bay, one in MidCentral, two in Hutt Valley and 3 in Canterbury .

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On Waitangi Day, 208 new community cases were announced.

This followed a record day of community cases on Saturday – 243, the highest reported in a day since the start of the pandemic.

Most of Saturday’s new cases were in Auckland (165), followed by Waikato with 34.

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said last week that a high number of cases was expected due to the infectiousness of the Omicron variant.

“We expect the number of cases to continue to rise in the days and weeks to come and I urge people not to panic but to plan for this.”

Epidemiologist Michael Baker also said the number would continue to rise, peaking in “the coming weeks”.

This peak would pass quickly, he said.

However, Kiwis should ‘expect periods of death every day rather than being a rare event’.