There are eight new group instances of Covid-19 in Waikato, in response to the Ministry of Well being, and a kind of has not but been linked to the outbreak.
The entire new instances are from the Te Awamutu space, Director-Basic of Well being Dr Ashley Bloomfield stated through the 1pm briefing on Thursday.
One of many Waikato instances undertook permitted journey to Hawke’s Bay final Friday previous to turning into a confirmed case.
The case returned to Te Awamutu earlier than testing constructive.
* Four new community cases of Covid-19 in Waikato, two of them unlinked
* Eight Te Awamutu Covid-19 cases, only three places of interest
* Seven new community cases of Covid-19 in Waikato – the highest daily total in the past week
“The eight new instances within the Waikato are all within the Te Awamutu space,” Bloomfield stated.
“Seven are in Te Awamutu and one is in Kihikihi.”
The Te Awamutu case that travelled to Napier was a permitted traveller with an exemption to journey on October 15, he stated.
“They weren’t a confirmed case throughout their journey, however subsequently turned constructive after they returned to the Waikato the place they’re isolating at dwelling.”
There have been two shut contacts recognized one in all whom lives in Wairua, nevertheless, each have since returned damaging exams, so there’s “no danger of onward an infection there”, he stated
These shut contact will likely be saved in isolation for the total 14 day interval and will likely be examined on the twelfth day.
There have now been 64 instances within the area.
Seven of the brand new instances have been linked, however one hasn’t been but.
Bloomfield stated he understood that the one two instances that haven’t been linked have been the 2 in Hamilton from every week in the past.
The genome sequence has been linked, however the epidemiological hyperlink hasn’t been made but, he stated.
“Waikato DHB is constant to do testing throughout the area and there have been over 3,000 swabs taken since [Wednesday].
“Nonetheless, we want to see greater testing numbers in and round Te Awamutu.”
Individuals in Te Awamutu are urged to get examined in the event that they or anybody of their family has signs, or if they’ve travelled out of Te Awamutu over the previous week for work or different actions, whether or not symptomatic or not.
Wastewater testing in cities across the Waikato space, notably round Te Awamutu will likely be elevated, Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson stated.
A public well being danger evaluation on the Waikato alert ranges was anticipated later this afternoon.
“We’ll assess it as shortly as we are able to, to offer certainty to the individuals of Waikato as shortly as potential,” Robertson stated.