Covid-19: 97 new community cases, seven people in hospital with virus

There are 97 new community cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, the Ministry of Health says.

The update was given in a written statement on Saturday afternoon.

It comes after 105 new community cases were announced on Friday.

Stuff reporter Michael Hayward is swabbed for Covid-19. (File photo)

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Stuff reporter Michael Hayward is swabbed for Covid-19. (File photo)

In total, 116 community cases have now been confirmed as being the Omicron variant.

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However, more are expected to be confirmed as Omicron after genome sequencing is completed.

So far, the vast majority of Omicron community cases have been linked to private events in Auckland, including multiple weddings, over the weekend of January 15-16.

Thirty-nine Omicron cases have been linked to the Soundsplash music festival in Waikato.

That number would grow as further test results were received, the ministry said.

“Given the increase in cases associated with Soundsplash, the Ministry of Health advises all attendees to get a test, if they have not already done so. If you attended the festival, please let the testing centre know that you were at the festival.”

Two of four community cases in Canterbury had now been confirmed as the Omicron variant, the ministry said.

There were active cases being treated as Omicron in Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, MidCentral, Canterbury, Tairāwhiti and Nelson-Tasman.

There were seven people in hospital with Covid-19 on Saturday. Two each were at North Shore Hospital, Middlemore Hospital, and Rotorua Hospital, and one was at Auckland City Hospital.

There was no-one with Covid-19 in intensive care or high dependency units.

Meanwhile, the virus had been detected in wastewater samples taken on January 26-27 from the Northland townships of Kerikeri, Paihia and Rawene, the rural south Auckland town of Pukekohe and the Manawatū town of Dannevirke.

There were also continued detections from samples taken over the same days in Ahipara, Kawakawa Bay, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Te Maunga (Mt Maunganui), Te Puke, Te Awamutu, Porirua, Moa Point in Wellington, and Motueka.


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