• Covid-19: 24 community cases

Covid-19: 24 community cases

There are 24 new community cases of Covid-19, including one case of the Omicron variant which was announced yesterday but added to today's count.

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

In a statement, the Ministry of Health said an Auckland airport worker, who is double vaccinated and has had a booster dose, tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday.

"Whole-genome sequencing for this case will be returned today however from an abundance of caution, the case is currently being managed as an Omicron case," the Ministry said. 

This person was infectious from the 15 January, however, they were not at work while infectious. The case has one household contact who has returned an initial negative test result.

The first of the locations of interest associated with this case are being published at Contact tracing locations of interest.