• Covid-19: 215 new community cases and one death

Covid-19: 215 new community cases and one death

There are 215 new community cases of Covid-19 and one new death today. 

In a statement, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said the patient, who was in their 50s, was admitted to Auckland City Hospital on November 17. 

"Our thoughts are with the patient’s whānau and friends at this deeply sad time."

Today's new community cases are in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Lakes.

There are no additional cases to report today in Wellington, Wairarapa, Canterbury or MidCentral. All Taranaki cases have now recovered.

There are 196 new cases to report in Auckland. Of the Waikato cases, 11 new cases were confirmed overnight, with six from Huntly, three from Kawhia, one from Te Kūiti, and one from Ōtorohanga.

Five of the new cases have been linked and the remaining six are under investigation.

Locations of interest were identified yesterday in Tokoroa, Huntly, and Putāruru.

There is one new case in the Bay of Plenty, and two new cases in the Lakes district - one of which is is currently receiving care in Rotorua Hospital.

The MOH said anyone living in these areas with symptoms, no matter how mild, is urged to get tested – even if they are vaccinated – and remain isolated until they return a negative result. A full list of testing centres can be found on the Healthpoint website.

The MOH is also aware of reports of individuals concerned about getting tested for Covid-19 due to their immigration status.

"We would like to remind anyone in New Zealand that if you return a positive test, the Ministry and your local public health team will work with you to identify and contact people you have been in close contact with.

"If necessary, information about a positive test result may also be shared with emergency services in your area to help them in their response, but it will not be used for immigration-related or enforcement purposes, as outlined on the Ministry’s website," it said.