Covid-19: Twenty two new community cases in Waikato and Lakes –


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Twenty of the cases are in Waikato. (File photo)

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Twenty of the cases are in Waikato. (File photo)

There are 22 new community cases of Covid-19 in the Waikato and neighbouring Lakes district health board regions.

Twenty of those are in Waikato, with nine from Ōtorohanga, seven from Hamilton, one from Te Awamutu, one from Te Kūiti, and two awaiting confirmation.

Twelve were known contacts already in isolation and a further two have now been linked.


Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces Waikato will drop to Covid alert level 2 at 11.59pm on Tuesday.

Investigations into the remaining six are under way, the Ministry of Health said in the 1pm update.


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The cases come a day after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Waikato would move into alert level 2 as of midnight on Tuesday.

It brings the total number of cases in Waikato to 260.

Of those, 116 are active and 144 have recovered. Twenty-one active cases remain under investigation for links.

“There are three people currently receiving care for Covid-19 at Waikato Hospital, including two who were transferred from the community isolation facility last night,” the Ministry of Health said.

“Public health staff in the Waikato region are now supporting 338 people to isolate at home, including 92 cases and 246 contacts.”

In the Lakes DHB district, which includes Taupō and Rotorua, there are two new community cases.

In the Lakes DHB district, which includes Taupō and Rotorua, there are two new community cases

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In the Lakes DHB district, which includes Taupō and Rotorua, there are two new community cases

One Taupō case was announced by the ministry on Monday but has been officially recorded in Tuesday's numbers.

The second new case is from Taupō as well and is a close contact of another case. All cases in Taupō are linked.

“We are encouraging anyone with Covid-19 related symptoms in the region to get tested.”

There are eight dedicated testing centres operating across Waikato with sites at Huntly, Ōtorohanga, Te Kūiti, Thames, and Hamilton.

Testing is also available in Rotorua and Taupō. Details can be checked at the Healthpoint website.

On Monday there were 3218 tests processed and 1827 vaccinations given in Waikato.

For Lakes, 1016 tests were carried out across the region and 1026 doses of vaccine were administered, including 549 first doses and 465 second doses.

On Monday there were 10 cases in Waikato and Lakes.

Three of the cases were from Ōtorohanga, two were from Hamilton, one was from Kāwhia, and one was from Huntly.

Two of these cases, in Rotorua, were first announced on Sunday by the Ministry of Health but were added to Monday’s total.

The other case, from Taupō, was a household contact of a known case and is isolating at home.

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