19 Oct 2021

Record high 94 Covid Delta cases in NZ, 53 unlinked

From Checkpoint, 5:08 pm on 19 October 2021

It's a record there is no medal for - 94 new cases of Covid Delta in the community.

Eighty-seven of those are in Auckland and seven in Waikato. It is the highest daily case count the country has recorded since Covid landed in New Zealand. The previous record was 89 in April last year.

Another number that this concerning health officials is 183 - that's the number of unlinked cases in the past 14 days.

More than 45 percent of people infected during that fortnight are Māori.

And confirmation today Covid has spread to Waiheke - the first ever case there.

Here's our political editor, Jane Patterson