9 Feb 2022

Covid-19 update: 204 new community cases reported in New Zealand today

3:24 pm on 9 February 2022

There are 204 new community cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand today.

Medical staff member in rubber glowes hands out Coronavirus nasal swabs test tubes at drive-through testing point in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

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In a statement, the Ministry of Health said the new community cases were in Northland (8), Auckland (135), Waikato (35), Rotorua (1), Taupō (1), Bay of Plenty (11),Taranaki (1), Palmerston North (2) Wellington (3), Hutt Valley (3), Nelson Marlborough (1), Canterbury (3)

There are 16 cases in hospital, although none are in ICU.

The ministry said there were 46 cases in MIQ reported yesterday, with travellers arriving from India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Pakistan, UK, Australia, Fiji, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, France, USA and the Philippines.

There were 202 new community cases and 63 in MIQ reported yesterday.

There have now been 18,126 cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand since the pandemic began.

Meanwhile, South Auckland primary schools are considering whether to host vaccine clinics to help vaccinate the region's 5 to 11 year olds.

There were 60,537 booster doses given yesterday, as well as 812 first doses, 1772 second doses and 2209 paediatric doses.

The ministry said it was starting a national week of action called 'The Big Boost' today, making it as easy as possible to get a booster, with pop-up vaccination centres and extended opening hours.

More than 1.6 million New Zealanders have now had their booster shots, which means that 53 percent of those eligible have taken up the option.

It said all DHBs have now fully vaccinated 90 percent of their Pacific communities, with Whanganui reaching the milestone yesterday.

"Advocates, church groups, health providers and countless other entities across the motu have led the way in ensuring that our Pacific populations have some of the highest vaccination rates in the country."

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