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13 Covid community cases in the South

Feb 12, 2022

The number of daily Covid-19 cases in the community has reached a new high, up slightly to 454 today.

In a statement, the Ministry of Health said the new cases were in Northland (12), Auckland (294), Waikato (72), Bay of Plenty (23), Lakes (8), Hawke's Bay (7), MidCentral (5), Taranaki (1), Wellington (5), Hutt Valley (12), Wairarapa (2) and Southern (13).

The ministry said a case of Covid-19 has been confirmed in South Canterbury, so there were now two active cases in South Canterbury. Today's case will be added to official figures tomorrow.

It said anyone who was at Mackenzies Cafe Bar & Grill in Tekapo between 5.00pm - 5.45pm on Sunday 6 February should self-isolate, get a test, and record their visit online.

Anyone in the Southern Canterbury region who has any cold or flu like symptoms has also been encouraged to get tested.

There are 27 people in hospital with the coronavirus, although none are in ICU.

There were just eight cases reported at the border today, with travellers from India (3), Australia (1), Saudi Arabia (1), United Arab Emirates (1) and the United Kingdom (1).

There were 446 cases in the community reported yesterday and 32 cases in MIQ.

Vaccinations

There were 57,364 booster vaccine doses given yesterday, along with 668 first doses, 1518 second doses and 2482 paediatric doses.

The Health Ministry said Tairāwhiti had reached two vaccination milestones today - the eligible population has reached 90 percent fully vaccinate, and its eligible Māori population reached 90 percent first doses.

"The Tairāwhiti DHB has worked in partnership with local providers and advocates to ensure as many people as possible have had the opportunity to get vaccinated. This includes reaching those in the region's most remote communities with vaccination vans."

Testing

The Health Ministry also said that while it was encouraging to see a high level of testing this week, it was important that "the right people get tested for the right reasons".

It said unnecessary testing could delay results for those who urgently need them.

"People should only get tested if they have cold or flu symptoms, if they have been at a location of interest, or if they have been asked to get tested by a health official."

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