19 Oct 2021

Covid-19 update: 94 new community cases today

1:30 pm on 19 October 2021

There are 94 new community cases of Covid-19 in the country today, the Ministry of Health reports.

COVID-19, Coronavirus, group of viruses in a worldwide pandemic concept.

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Of today's cases as at 10am, 41 are linked - 26 of which are household contacts - and 53 are unlinked, the ministry said in a statement.

There are 38 people in hospital - eight in the North Shore, 12 in Middlemore, and 18 in Auckland.

Five people are in ICU or HDU.

The total number of cases in the outbreak is 2099. That is made of 2030 cases in Auckland (1360 of whom have recovered); 52 in Waikato (seven of whom have recovered); and 17 in Wellington (all of whom have recovered).

And 183 cases from the past 14 days remain unlinked.

The ministry said there were 2039 contacts.

A total of 16,921 tests were processed around the country yesterday, 12,688 being in Auckland.

As of this morning, there are 439 locations of interest.

In terms of vaccination numbers to date, 6,387,870 vaccines have been administered: 3,582,822 (85 percent) first doses, and 2,805,048 (67 percent) second doses.

Of those, 379,563 (66 percent) Māori have had their first dose and 258,018 (45 percent) have had their second dose.

And 231,295 (81 percent) Pasifika have had one dose of the vaccine while 171,818 (60 percent) are fully vaccinated.

In Auckland, 89 percent of the eligible population has had one dose of the vaccine and 72 percent has had both doses.

Yesterday the ministry reported 60 cases of the virus, three in Waikato and the rest in Auckland.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern yesterday announced Northland will move to alert level 2 at 11.59pm tonight.

Waikato remains in level 3, with a review of the setting on Friday and Auckland will remain in level 3, step 1, for at least two more weeks.

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