There are 79 new cases of Covid-19 in the Delta community outbreak. The Ministry of Health released the update in a press statement, ahead of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director-General of Health giving a post-Cabinet press conference at 4pm. Of the new cases, 75 are in Auckland, and four are in Waikato.Fiona Goodall/Getty ImagesThere are 79 new cases of Covid-19 today, the Ministry of Health has advised. As of 10am, 46 of the new cases had been epidemiologically linked the outbreak – including 24 household contacts. Thirty-three remain unlinked. READ MORE:* Covid-19: Why are case numbers still going up despite lockdowns and vaccine rates?* Covid-19: Four new community cases of Covid-19 in Waikato* Covid-19: Calls for Northland to return to lockdown after seven Covid cases* Covid-19: Positive test identified in Waiuku, college closes for two days It comes as Auckland marks day 70 in lockdown. Parts of Waikato also remain in alert level 3, while the rest of the country is at alert level 2. There are 37 people with Covid-19 in hospitals across Auckland on Tuesday, up from 35 yesterday. There are four people in ICU. The average age of those currently in hospital with the virus is 45. There has been a decrease in the number of people in hospital overall, following a number of discharges over the weekend. This includes some instances where people were identified as having Covid-19 when presenting for other issues, and were admitted for a short time while these other issues were managed, the ministry said. Over the past fortnight, the average age of people in hospital with Covid is 38. This reflects a trend of younger hospitalisations overall, with only 6 per cent of the 372 hospital admissions in this outbreak among those aged 65 and over. The four new cases in Waikato today were all expected, linked, and were in isolation throughout their infectious period.Christel Yardley/StuffThe total number of locations of interest now stands at 427. (File photo) All four are in the Te Awamutu/Kihikihi area and are currently isolating at home with public health support, the ministry said. This brings total cases for Waikato during this outbreak to 91 – six of which remain epidemiologically unlinked. Public health officials also continue to urge residents of Auckland suburbs Redvale and Rosedale to get tested as soon as possible if they have even mild symptoms, regardless of their vaccination status. There have been high positivity rates of more than 6 per cent in Redvale, and 3.8 per cent in Rosedale. There are no new confirmed cases of Covid to report in Northland, with cases in the region associated with the outbreak remaining at seven. However, the ministry said people living in Northland are urged to remain vigilant and get tested if they have any symptoms that could be Covid-19. Meanwhile in Te Waipounamu (the South Island), interviews are continuing with Covid case identified in Blenheim, who is currently isolating. The person’s three close contacts, including two house household contacts, are due for further testing this week, following their initial negative test results over the weekend. The ministry reiterated that at this stage there have been no further Covid-19 cases in the Nelson/Marlborough region. Tom Lee/Stuff87 per cent of eligible New Zealanders have had one dose of the vaccine, and 71 per cent are fully vaccinated. There have now been 2759 cases of Covid-19 in the Delta community outbreak to date. In the past 14 days, 281 cases have not yet been linked to an existing case. Of the 109 cases reported on Monday, 42 were infectious while in the community, leading to exposure events. As of Tuesday, public health teams are managing 2700 active contacts in the wider outbreak. Of these, 78 per cent have received a call from contact tracers to confirm testing and isolation requirements, and 76 per cent have had at least one test result. Slightly more than 10,600 doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine were administered across the country yesterday. Eighty-seven per cent of eligible Kiwis have had one dose of the vaccine nationally, and 71 per cent are fully vaccinated. Across the country, 69 per cent of Māori have had their first dose, and 49 per cent are fully vaccinated. Eighty-three per cent of Pacific peoples have had one dose, and 65 per cent have had both.