Covid-19: 178 new cases of virus, one death announced in Delta outbreak

There are 178 new cases of Covid-19 in the Delta community outbreak, and a person aged in their 50s who had the virus has died. The Ministry of Health gave the update in a written press release on Thursday afternoon. The new cases span across six regions, Auckland (149), Waikato (16), Northland (2), Bay of Plenty (9), Lakes (1) and MidCentral (1).Ricky Wilson/StuffAuckland has been in lockdown due to the Delta outbreak since August. (File photo) Eighty-two of today’s cases have not yet been epidemiologically linked, while 9210 remain epidemiologically unlinked from the last 14 days. READ MORE:* Covid-19: Northland DHB boss quashes ‘nasty rumour spread by anti-vaxxers’* Covid-19 signs on cafes welcoming ‘vaxed and unvaxed’ may look official but they’re not* One hundred days of harsh lessons for Māori as calls for help go largely unanswered There are currently 77 people in hospital with the virus, and eight of these people are in ICU or HDU. The average age of hospitalisations is 46. Of those in hospital in the Northern Region, 42 cases (60 per cent) were unvaccinated or not eligible, due to their age. The Covid-related death was a person in their late 50s who had been in Auckland City Hospital since November 5. The patient died on Wednesday, and brought the number of deaths since the pandemic began to 42. It is not yet known whether the person was vaccinated. Public health teams are managing 6311 active contacts as of Thursday. Of these, 66 per cent have received an outbound call from contact tracers to confirm testing and isolation requirements, and 71 per cent have had at least one test result. Thursday also marks 100 days of lockdown for Aucklanders. Auckland is currently at level 3, step 2, with the rest of the country at level 2.Ricky Wilson/StuffAuckland has been in lockdown for 100 days. (File photo) Auckland hairdressers were also able to open their doors for the first time in three months on Thursday. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday that Auckland hairdressers could reopen, providing their clients booked appointments and used their My Vaccine Pass certificates, as a trial before the certificates are used more widely. No walk-ins are allowed, all staff must be vaccinated, and the salons must operate under alert level 2 restrictions. The Government also announced it would commit around $1.5 billion to boost end-to-end support for people who get Covid-19 in the community. The package will include greater levels of testing, more targeted contact tracing, and a boost to social services. The bulk of the funding, nearly $1 billion, will go towards boosting testing, contact tracing and case investigation. A new case investigation service will be set up with 475 investigators. Rapid antigen testing will be scaled up and will be widely used from December 1, with businesses able to directly source the tests from authorised suppliers, Associate Health Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall said. In terms of vaccination, 92 per cent of eligible people in New Zealand have had their first dose and 84 per cent are fully vaccinated. There have been 7660 cases of the virus in the current Delta outbreak, and 10421 cases since the pandemic began in 2020.

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