3 Nov 2021

Covid-19 update: 100 new community cases reported in New Zealand today

2:19 pm on 3 November 2021

There have been 100 new Covid-19 cases in the community reported today - 97 in Auckland and three in Waikato.

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The ministry said 48 of today's new community cases are still to be linked.

Yesterday 126 new cases were reported including 18 in Waikato and one in Northland.

Today, there were also 10 cases in managed isolation.

There have now been 3733 cases in the current outbreak and 6471 since the pandemic began.

Two of the new Waikato cases are from Hamilton and one is from Ōtorohanga. Two are known contacts and were already in isolation. All of yesterday's 18 cases have now been linked.

The ministry said there are 58 Covid-19 positive cases in hospital, including three in intensive care.

The ministry said 15 residents and four staff members of Edmonton Meadows Care Home in Henderson have now returned positive tests - three are receiving appropriate ward-level care at North Shore Hospital.

Speaking at today's government update, Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said some of the people in hospital with the virus were primarily there for a different reason.

In Northland there are no new cases, despite widespread testing. There is additional testing and vaccination capacity there today - specifically in Awanui Rugby Club, Taipa Eastern Rugby Club and Pukenui Wharf today and tomorrow. There are existing clinics in Kaitāia, Kerikeri, Ohaiwai and Rawene.

Dr Bloomfield said people particularly living in Taipa, Kaingaroa, Awanui or Kaitāia who has had a Covid-like symptom in the last couple of weeks - particularly around Labour Weekend - should get a test even if symptoms have disappeared.

There were no new cases in Christchurch, but wastewater samples are expected later today.