• Auckland link to Napier Covid-19 case, Ministry confirms

Auckland link to Napier Covid-19 case, Ministry confirms

Genome sequencing has linked a Napier Covid-19 case to one in Auckland, the Ministry of Health has revealed.

The Napier Covid-19 case was announced by the Hawke's Bay District Health Board on December 30. A close contact then tested positive a day later. 

A Ministry of Health spokesperson said the case had also been confirmed as having the Delta variant. 

"Both the Napier cases remain well and are isolating for the duration required. Close contacts are also isolating and being tested as required," he said. 

There have been more than 1300 Covid-19 tests done in the past seven days in the HBDHB region, with "busier days leading up to New Year’s Eve".

"It is pleasing people are doing the right thing and getting tested, no matter how mild their symptoms.

"We encourage anyone who has symptoms to get a Covid-19 test and self-isolate until they receive the test result. Additionally, anyone who has visited locations of interest should follow the advice for that location."