There are 97 new cases of COVID today in New Zealand, according to the Ministry of Health (MOH).
COVID test results are determined by the PCR test.
For the third day in a row, MOH have not published the vaccination status of Northern Region hospital cases. No explanation was given at first, but on the second day they said it was due to ‘privacy reasons’ – where case numbers were ‘below five’, vaccination status would not be published.
Today the same explanation appears on the website:
The Northern Region comprises the Northland, Waitemata, Auckland and Counties-Manukau DHB’s. There are 5 patients hospitalised today in the Northern Region. Therefore the Ministry’s claim the number is ‘below five’ is incorrect.
Daily Telegraph New Zealand has contacted the Ministry for an explanation via a request under the Offical Information Act for information about who made the decision not to publish vaccination status, and on what basis is privacy a consideration for this decision.
The missing data comes on the back of nearly two weeks of daily numbers showing the ‘fully vaccinated’ were by far the biggest number of hospitalisations. On the day prior to the Ministry’s withholding of this information, there were zero unvaccinated people in hospital with COVID, in the Northern Region.
The following is an update information from the MOH’s website
Public health teams are continuing to manage Omicron cases in the community through rapidly isolating cases and contacts, contact tracing, and testing to slow the spread.
To date, 116 community cases of COVID-19 have either been confirmed by Whole Genome Sequencing as the Omicron variant or have been linked to a previously reported Omicron case.
Some of these additional cases have previously been reported as COVID-19 cases and linked retrospectively either through whole genome sequencing or epidemiologically.
As of 9am this morning, there has been 39 cases connected to the Soundsplash music festival in Hamilton last weekend. However, this number will grow as further test results are received.
Given the increase in cases associated with Soundsplash, the Ministry of Health advises all attendees to get a test, if they have not already done so. If you attended the festival, please let the testing centre know that you were at the festival.
Two of the four community cases in Canterbury reported earlier in the week have now been determined to be Omicron.
There are active cases being treated as Omicron in Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, MidCentral, Canterbury, Tairāwhiti and Nelson-Tasman.
The number of cases and contacts are expected to grow given the highly transmissible nature of Omicron and as we learn more from case interviews.
- Seven day rolling average of community cases: 48
- Seven day rolling average of border cases: 44
- Number of new community cases: 97
- Number of new cases identified at the border: 58
- Location of new community cases: Northland (1), Auckland (61), Waikato (14), Tairawhiti (3), Bay of Plenty (8), Lakes (7), Hawke’s Bay (3)
- Number of community cases (total): 11,811 (in current community outbreaks)
- Cases epidemiologically linked (total): 8,972
- Number of active cases (total): 630 (cases identified in the past 21 days and not yet classified as recovered)
- Confirmed cases (total): 15,770