Covid 19 Delta outbreak: 41 new community cases announced as New Zealand prepares to obtain vaccination record on Super Saturday
Look: The Kiwis surpassed the government’s âSuper Saturdayâ target of 100,000 doses of vaccine today – and Auckland is expected to hit the 90% first-dose target within the next five days.
There are 41 new cases of Covid-19 in the community as Kiwis have been shown in large numbers to be bitten as part of the Super Saturday “vaxathon”.
Of the new cases, 20 are linked, of which 13 are family contacts. Another 21 cases remain unrelated to ongoing investigations to help determine their link to the current outbreak, the health ministry said.
There are 124 unrelated cases in the last 14 days.
An Auckland woman associated with the two women who traveled to Northland has tested positive for Covid-19 and is in an Auckland quarantine facility.
She was in Northland with the other two women.
Public health officials determined she was not contagious while in Northland between October 2 and 8. His infectious period was determined to begin after his return to Auckland.
Three family contacts and two other contacts have been identified by public health officials. These contacts follow a visit to a private home in Auckland and shared transport to the testing center.
Six people are in intensive care, while 31 are hospitalized.
This includes three at North Shore Hospital, 17 in Middlemore and 11 in Auckland.
Two travelers arriving from abroad have also tested positive in managed isolation. They both arrived from the United States on October 11.
Meanwhile, Super Saturday got off to a good start, with thousands of people across the country rolling up their sleeves for their Covid-19 vaccinations.
There were 69,663 vaccines administered yesterday, including 14,037 first doses and 55,626 second doses.
Overall, New Zealand yesterday reached 6,183,988 vaccine doses, with 3,526,668 (or 84% of the eligible population) receiving one dose and 2,657,320 (63%) receiving a second dose.
This includes 364,556 first doses for Maori and 241,532 second doses, while Pacific residents received 225,288 first doses and 160,074 second doses.
âVaccination remains our number one protection against Covid-19,â the ministry said.
“The vaxathon encourages New Zealanders, especially Maori youth, the Pacific and people with disabilities to get vaccinated.”
“To best protect your whÄnau, your community and the rest of New Zealand, we ask you to help us reach your friends, whanau and colleagues who may still be hesitant to get vaccinated and who need help and support. support to do so. “
There were 2,241,688 doses of vaccine administered in Auckland, of which 1,260,137 (or 88% of the eligible population) received a first dose and 981,551 (or 69%) received two doses.
There is one new positive case of Covid-19 to report from the Waikato outbreak.
The case is a member of the household of two existing cases and is already in a quarantine facility in Auckland, the ministry said.
Waikato DHB continues to conduct testing across the region, to help rule out any undetected community spread of Covid-19.
Meanwhile, vaccination rates in Waikato remained high yesterday with 5,789 people given a dose – of these, 1,591 were first doses and 4,198 were second doses.
There are still positive detections of Covid-19 in sewage samples taken in Raglan.
This reflects the known cases in the region who have benefited from exemptions to isolate themselves at home. However, symptomatic residents are encouraged to get tested.
There were also positive detections in the wastewater from Beachlands and Pukekohe.
These followed earlier detections at the two sites on October 8. People in those regions with symptoms are also urged to get tested, the ministry said.
Residents of Wellsford are urged to get tested after two positive detections in sewage samples.
Other samples are currently being analyzed. Testing stations are open today in Wellsford and Warkworth, and a contextual testing center is expected to open in Mangawhai on Monday.
35 of the 64 cases yesterday had exposure events in the community, while 25 cases were isolated while infectious, the ministry said.
In total, there have been 1,840 cases in Auckland, of which 1,228 have recovered, as well as 38 in Waikato (of which two have recovered) and 17 in Wellington (all have recovered).
Health teams manage 2,032 active contacts of Covid cases, while there are now 446 places of interest.
Of the active contacts, 83% were contacted by contact tracers to confirm the need to self-isolate and get tested, while 75% had at least one test result.
There have been 24,285 Covid tests performed in the past 24 hours.
There were 65 new cases yesterday, but only 3,571 first doses of the vaccine were given in Auckland.
It comes as the highest number of new community cases recorded in a single day in this New Zealand Delta outbreak occurred on August 29 with 83 cases recorded.
The number of cases then declined, but rose steadily this week, from 35 on Monday to 71 on Thursday, raising fears that today’s figure may again reach the 80s.
However, there is also hope that today’s Super Saturday can make a significant difference in vaccination levels.
Vaccination centers have been set up not only around Auckland but across the country, many offering free food and freebies as well as festive atmospheres with music and celebrities on hand.
The live ‘Vaxathon’ of the day will take place from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will celebrate the regions with the biggest change in the number of vaccinations and will be supported by well-known Kiwis.
It aims above all to reach those who have not yet received their first dose and to encourage them to come forward and get vaccinated in a fun and friendly environment with possibly a free sausage.
The health ministry said vaccination remains the country’s number one protection against the disease and urged everyone to get vaccinated or help someone get vaccinated on Super Saturday.
Ministry figures show that only 3,571 first doses were given in Auckland on Thursday, along with 17,399 second doses.
Auckland’s vaccination rate is now 88% (at least one dose) with 67% of eligible residents fully vaccinated.
New Zealand’s overall vaccination rate is 83.4% (at least the first dose) with 61.8% of the eligible population fully vaccinated.
Of the 71 cases announced Thursday, 30 had exposure events in the community and the rest were isolated during their infectious period.
There are 34 people hospitalized with Covid-19 – six in intensive care or high dependency units.
Bloomfield earlier told RNZ that of the 170 people hospitalized so far in the Delta epidemic in Auckland, only three have been fully vaccinated.
About 4% of all people who caught Covid during the outbreak were fully vaccinated – while a percentage of the rest had received a dose, he said. The vast majority of cases and people hospitalized had not received any doses.
“We know that people who are vaccinated seem to be contagious for a shorter period. First of all, they are less likely to transmit the virus and if they are contagious, it is for a shorter period.”