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There are 16 new community cases in Waikato, nine in Bay of Plenty and one in the Lakes District, Rotorua (File Photo).

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There are 16 new community cases in Waikato, nine in Bay of Plenty and one in the Lakes District, Rotorua (File Photo).

There are 16 new community Covid-19 cases in Waikato.

Eight are in Te Kūiti, five in Huntly and three in Kāwhia. All cases are linked to known cases.

This brings the total number of cases during this Waikato outbreak to 395.

There are nine new cases in Bay of Plenty and one in the Lakes District, Rotorua.

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Waikato

One case reported on Wednesday has now been confirmed as being in Piopio, south-west of Te Kūiti.

There are seven pop-up and dedicated testing sites operating across Waikato today in Hamilton, Ōtorohanga, Thames, Huntly, Ngāruawāhia and Te Kūiti.

In the Waikato region, health staff are supporting 144 cases to isolate at home.

Bay of Plenty

Six of the nine cases are known close contacts and were already in isolation.

Interviews with the remaining cases are underway to determine the source of their infection.

A case announced on Wednesday in Eastern Bay of Plenty is self-isolating and being supported by Tūhoe Hauora.

Following the detection of the Eastern Bay of Plenty case, additional testing is available at the Nukuhou North Settlers until 4pm on Thursday.

Testing will also be available at Med Central in Whakatāne from 9am-4pm.

Further information on testing in the region will be updated on the Bay of Plenty DHB website.

The Ministry of Health said the spread of Covid-19 in the Bay of Plenty is another reminder to get tested if you’re feeling unwell and to get your first dose of the vaccine if you haven’t already.

On Wednesday there were 18 community cases in Waikato.

Of those nine were in Te Kūiti, two in Huntly, two in Ōtorohanga, one in Hamilton, one in Te Awamutu, one in Te Kauwhata, one in Tokoroa, and one was under investigation.

There were 12 cases in the Bay of Plenty.

Six of the Bay of Plenty case were known close contacts and were already in isolation.

One of those was from Eastern Bay of Plenty.

There were no cases in the Lakes District on Wednesday.

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