Ministry health

Covid-19: Ministry to announce new daily case numbers in Omicron outbreak

The Ministry of Health is expected to release the daily number of Covid-19 cases for Sunday.

The announcement comes after there were 454 new community cases on Saturday and eight new cases at the border.

There were 27 people hospitalized with the virus on Saturday, but none were in intensive care.

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The Department of Health says Covid-19 testing should be reserved for those who need it most: those with symptoms, close contacts and those whom health officials have asked to get tested. (File photo)

Health Minister Andrew Little said New Zealand hospitals were prepared for a surge in numbers.

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Saturday’s cases were located in Northland (12), Auckland (294), Waikato (72), Bay of Plenty (23), Lakes (8), Hawke’s Bay (7), MidCentral (5), Taranaki (1), Wellington (5), Hutt Valley (12), Wairarapa (2), South (13).

On Saturday, six staff and seven patients at Auckland Hospital were confirmed to have tested positive for Covid-19.

A member of staff at one of the hospital’s elderly wards recently became symptomatic and tested positive. Staff and patients in the ward have been tested and 12 more cases have been discovered.

Staff and patients have tested positive for Covid at Auckland City Hospital.

Staff and patients have tested positive for Covid at Auckland City Hospital.

The ministry is asking people to “stick to the basics” this weekend to reduce the risk of catching or spreading Covid-19.

This includes wearing a mask and physical distancing when traveling – especially among strangers – and scanning using the Covid-19 Tracer app.

“Scanning will ensure you are alerted quickly if you are exposed to someone with Covid-19.”

The ministry also urges people to only get tested if they have cold or flu symptoms, have been to a place of interest or have been asked to be tested by an official. of health.

“There is good testing capacity across the country, but unnecessary testing could delay results for those who urgently need it,” the ministry said Saturday.

A total of 24,820 tests were carried out in the 24 hours to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Mt Wellington Vaccination Centre, which operated as a drive-thru, is moving indoors on Sunday due to inclement weather.  (File photo)

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The Mt Wellington Vaccination Centre, which operated as a drive-thru, is moving indoors on Sunday due to inclement weather. (File photo)

Meanwhile, strong winds and rain from Cyclone Dovi have closed three vaccination centers in Auckland and forced some inside.

Three locations – drive-throughs at Westgate and Airport Park and Ride, and The Cloud on Queen’s Wharf – are closed on Sundays due to weather.

Northern Region Health Coordination Center clinical director Dr Anthony Jordan says there are still plenty of options for people to get their booster dose or to bring their 5-11 year old tamariki to get their first dose today.

“Many of our locations remain open, including Albany, Otara, Henderson and Tamaki…There are approximately 100 pharmacies also open across the city.”

Vaccination centers in Orewa and Mt Wellington, which generally operate as drive-through services, have switched to delivering vaccines indoors on Sundays.

On Friday, nearly 65,000 Covid-19 vaccines were administered, including 57,364 booster doses and 2,482 pediatric doses.