Ministry health

Covid-19: No national Christmas Day update, although confirmed case in Taranaki

No nationwide Covid-19 case number will be released on Christmas Day as the health ministry takes a break from daily updates, but one case has been announced in Taranaki.

The next update will be Boxing Day, when information on all new cases and hospitalizations from the previous 48 hours will be released.

However, on Saturday, the Taranaki District Health Board said there was a new case linked to its larger cluster, which spread to the school in a small town.

There are now 23 active cases in the area, as the remaining 16 have recovered, and the only testing station to open on Christmas Day has remained calm.

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The ministry will also not release updates on January 1 and 8.

Updates for all other days of the holiday period will be released around 1 p.m. in a statement.

No press conference on Covid-19 is scheduled by the Director General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield or government ministers during this period.

Anyone showing symptoms of Covid-19 during the holiday period is urged to get tested for the virus and self-isolate until they receive the results.  (File photo)

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Anyone showing symptoms of Covid-19 during the holiday period is urged to get tested for the virus and self-isolate until they receive the results. (File photo)

On Christmas Eve, the Ministry of Health said in a statement that there were 45 people hospitalized with Covid-19, including eight in intensive care and high dependency units.

The death of a person infected with the virus has also been reported. The person, in his 50s, had been at North Shore Hospital since December 11.

The ministry did not disclose other details about those who died, such as their gender and whether they had been vaccinated.

The person was the 50th to die from Covid-19 in New Zealand since the start of the pandemic.

A person with Covid-19 has died at North Shore Hospital, the Department of Health announced on Christmas Eve.  (File photo)

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A person with Covid-19 has died at North Shore Hospital, the Department of Health announced on Christmas Eve. (File photo)

This does not necessarily mean that 50 people have died from the virus. The ministry records all deaths of people living with Covid-positive, whether their death is presumed to be caused by their illness or not.

Nationwide, 62 community cases were reported on Christmas Eve, including one in Christchurch.

The statement called on Kiwis to be careful during the holiday season to reduce their likelihood of contracting and spreading the virus.

“No one wants to catch Covid-19 (or any other disease) for Christmas, so we ask everyone to play their part in reducing the spread of the virus,” he said.

“Anyone with symptoms that may be related to Covid-19 is urged to get tested and stay home until they test negative and feel better. “

Those in Auckland – the epicenter of the community outbreak – may find out where to get tested during the holiday season here.

Nationwide testing sites can be found on the Healthpoint website.

The ministry also asked those on the move to wear masks and keep their distance from others in “overcrowded or poorly ventilated indoor spaces.”

They were also asked to scan using the Covid-19 Tracer app.

“The vaccine remains our main defense against all variants of Covid-19, including Omicron,” the ministry said.

“We continue to ask all eligible people to get the vaccine, including those who are now eligible for a booster dose. “