Ministry health

Health ministry gives latest Covid update, after two cases confirmed in Wellington on Saturday

The Ministry of Health is due to provide an update of its Covid data around 1 p.m. Sunday.

No comprehensive update was provided on Saturday, but the ministry said two new cases of the disease had been confirmed in Wellington.

Both cases were linked to a recent trip to the Bay of Plenty and several places of interest in Wellington. There was a possible link by a case with a drum & bass festival on January 3 in Tauranga.

A pop-up Covid test site was also set up in the Coromandel Peninsula resort town of Whangamatā over the weekend, after traces of the virus were detected in the town’s wastewater.

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The Covid test station at Taranaki Base Hospital last week.

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The Covid test station at Taranaki Base Hospital last week.

Health officials had not been able to link the detection of the sewage to a confirmed or recovered case, Waikato DHB said on Friday.

The ministry announced a series of new Covid places of interest on Sunday morning. They included a place classified as a place of close contact – the Village Sports Bar & Cafe in Ngongotaha, Rotorua, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on January 1. People present on the site at this time must isolate themselves and have an immediate Covid. test.

Most of the other landmarks reported on Sunday morning were in Abundance Bay, many of them at Mount Maunganui. Bendon Westgate in Auckland has also featured on several occasions.

BP Connect Ōtaki has been identified as a Covid Place of Interest.  (photo file)

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BP Connect Ōtaki has been identified as a Covid Place of Interest. (photo file)

In its full update on Friday, the ministry said there were 35 new cases of Covid in the community and 24 at the border.

Of the new cases in the community on Friday, 18 were in Auckland, 13 in Bay of Plenty, one in Waikato and three in the DHB Lake District.

Friday’s cases brought the total number of community cases in the current outbreak to 11,057.