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Covid 19 Delta outbreak: no official update today from Ministry of Health on latest cases

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Health officials will not release the latest case counts today, despite the growing number of Omicron cases at the border and fear it may be days before infections spread throughout the community.

The health ministry chose to postpone issuing a statement until tomorrow, a decision arranged in advance last year.

The next Covid-19 update will take place tomorrow at 1 p.m.

Yesterday there were 35 community-based cases spread across the upper half of the North Island and including Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua and Taupō.

As of Friday, 37 people were hospitalized, only three of whom required intensive care, one of the lowest figures in recent months.

At the same time, there were 24 new cases at the border. The ministry did not disclose the variant of the latest infections.

However, this week, when there were 66 new cases in two days, the ministry said it was likely that Omicron would continue to be the most prevalent variant at our borders.

“This variant of Covid-19 continues to have a significant impact globally, so it’s no surprise to see an increase in Omicron cases at the border,” the ministry said.

Omicron Surge Force NSW Restriction U-Turn

The skyrocketing Omicron infections across Tasman have seen the NSW government introduce a new range of Covid-19 restrictions today.

This will mean that singing and dancing will be prohibited in hospitality venues (including pubs, clubs, discos, bars and restaurants), entertainment facilities and major leisure facilities.

There will also be a break on some non-elective surgeries.

The new measures will last at least until January 27 after there were 70,000 new infections in 48 hours.

Today, the state reached a record 45,098 new cases and nine deaths from Covid in the past 24 hours.

This week, a Covid-19 modeling expert said New Zealanders could expect an Omicron outbreak to occur in about 18 days if cases of the MIQ variant continue to skyrocket .

The risk of Omicron entering the community was “very high” as daily cases at the border exceeded the number of new cases in the community, said Professor Michael Plank of the University of Canterbury.

Our Department of Health last night allayed fears that a Rotorua-based MIQ employee who tested positive on Wednesday contracted the highly contagious infection from Omicron from the facility they worked at, saying genomic testing confirmed that they have the Delta variant and that it most likely originated in the community.

The fully vaccinated worker was up to date with regular testing and the nature of his job meant he normally had no direct contact with returnees.

Gas station exhibition site

This morning, health officials listed an Otaki gas station where an HIV-positive person was picked up by police after leaving a property in the Bay of Plenty where they were supposed to self-isolate.

A ministry spokesperson confirmed that police had been called to help find an infected person who was found not to be self-isolating at the address given.

The BP Connect Otaki on the main highway is now a potential exhibition site between 4:24 p.m. and 4:32 p.m. yesterday, Friday January 7th.

Those who were refueling at the same time are advised to monitor themselves for symptoms of Covid-19 for the next 10 days.

At the same time, the Department of Health declined to give more details on a potential second super spreader event for New Years Eve in Auckland.

The Britomart Block Party has been identified as a place of interest with revelers who saw the New Year at the site, urged to watch for symptoms of Covid for 10 days after being exposed to the virus and get tested for symptoms. manifested themselves.

It comes days after the Long Room nightclub on Ponsonby Rd ​​was designated as an exhibition site after a person infected with Covid attended a New Years party at the popular downtown venue.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health said officials would not share any other information about particular exhibition events, other than that detailed on the Places of Interest webpage.

There was no compelling public health reason to do so, the spokesperson said.

The advice to those who attended the Britomart Block Party was to get tested immediately, then monitor themselves for symptoms for 10 days after exposure, and get tested again if symptoms develop.

The spokesperson said those at the event were considered contacts and there was a risk of further transmission.