Covid-19: Two new cases in Waikato, five in Bay of Plenty, one in Lakes –


Have you considered !

There was an unexpected wastewater detection in Matamata (file photo).


There was an unexpected wastewater detection in Matamata (file photo).

There are two new community cases of Covid-19 in Waikato on the first day of the new traffic light system.

The total number of cases in Waikato is now at 480.

There was also an unexpected wastewater detection in Matamata and follow-up samples are under way, director of public health Caroline McElnay said at the 1pm press conference on Friday.

Earlier in the week, three cases were announced in Waharoa – about five kilometres from Matamata.


Covid-19: Three positive cases found in New Plymouth - three city schools to close on Friday

Covid-19 outbreak situation report: What happened on Thursday, December 2

Covid-19: 172 new cases in Delta community outbreak, 86 people in hospital


Dr Caroline McElnay says there have been positive wastewater detections in Matamata and Gisborne.

There are five new cases in Bay of Plenty and one in the Lakes DHB.

“Anyone with symptoms should get tested, even if you're vaccinated,” McElnay said.

“Isolate until you get a negative result.”


The location for one of the two Waikato cases is currently under investigation. The other case lives in Rotorua but is isolating in the Waikato region and is being transferred to Waikato.

There is also a case isolating in Whitianga who had recently relocated from Auckland in compliance with the border and travel requirements. The case is currently included in Auckland’s reporting but may be transferred to Waikato.

Two new locations of interest were confirmed yesterday in Ōtorohanga.

Nine pop-up and dedicated testing sites are operating across the Waikato in Hamilton, Huntly, Ngāruawāhia, Te Kūiti, Waharoa, Thames, Taumarunui, and Ōtorohanga.

There are two Covid-19 positive patients in Waikato Hospital ICU.

In the Waikato, public health staff are now supporting 90 cases to isolate at home.

Bay of Plenty

Three of the five cases are contacts of known cases and were already isolating.

Investigations into how the other two cases are linked to the outbreak are continuing.

One previously reported case is receiving care in Tauranga Hospital.


The one new case reported in the Lakes District on Friday is under investigation.

A person previously receiving hospital care has now been discharged.


Have you come across claims on the internet about injuries or deaths from the Covid-19 vaccine?

After all of that camDown helps stop hackers from getting access to the webcam that I use for my work. Now I can get even more gigs as a freelancer and advertise that I have top security with my home computer!