Coronavirus: Positive wastewater detection in Opononi, number of hospitalised COVID patients increases

There were 182 new COVID-19 cases reported on Monday, slightly more than Sunday's almost three-week low.

But with the Government's traffic light update shared within hours of the Ministry of Health's case numbers, you'd be forgiven for perhaps missing some detail of the latest COVID-19 report.

Here's a breakdown of Monday's case numbers and data.

Locations of new cases

Of Monday's 182 new cases, 167 are in Auckland, 10 in Waikato, and five in Northland.


Two of Northland's new cases were announced on Sunday and are being officially added to Monday's case tally.

Two of the remaining cases are in Kawakawa and one is in the Far North. These three cases are linked to existing cases.

There was also an unexpected detection of COVID-19 picked up in a wastewater sample taken in Opononi last week.

The Ministry of Health urges anyone living in or near Opononi with any COVID-19 symptoms to get tested and remain isolated until they return a negative test result.


The exact location of Auckland's cases is not reported by the Ministry of Health.

In the city, 4207 people are isolating at home, including 1158 cases.


Of Waikato's 10 new cases, four are in Huntly, two in Te Kūiti, one in Hamilton, and the location of the remaining three are still to be confirmed. 

Nine of Monday's cases have been linked to previous cases.

There are four COVID-positive patients in hospital, including one in ICU.

Health staff are supporting 124 cases isolating at home.

Hawke's Bay

The case reported in Hawke's Bay on Sunday is now isolating in a community isolation facility.

Close contacts identified to date have been contacted and are isolating at home. Two close contacts in the case's household have returned negative tests.

Patients at Hawke's Bay Hospital emergency department at the same time as this case have been contacted and asked to self-monitor for symptoms.

The case has been linked to an Auckland case.

The Ministry of Health says public health officials continue to work to identify any further locations of interest this case went to while infectious. Those identified so far include Pak'nSave Napier, a pharmacy in Hastings, and an ice cream shop in Napier.


A new case was confirmed in the Nelson-Tasman region following a positive test result being returned on Sunday night.

The case and their close contacts are in isolation, with testing of those contacts underway. Investigations into the possible source of infection are ongoing.

Several locations of interest have been found so far, including supermarkets, petrol stations, and a mall.


Following the local border case reported on Sunday, five close contacts are now self-isolating with testing underway.

The case travelled from Auckland to Christchurch on Thursday November 25 on flight NZ8475, arriving in Christchurch at 10:50am. Anyone who is considered a potential contact of this case will be contacted directly. Unless you are contacted, the Ministry of Health asks you to monitor for symptoms and get tested straight away if you develop any consistent with COVID-19.

Coronavirus: Positive wastewater detection in Opononi, number of hospitalised COVID patients increases
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Vaccination rates by DHBs with active cases


  • First doses - 85 percent of eligible people
  • Second doses - 76 percent.

Auckland metro DHBs:

  • First doses - 94 percent
  • Second doses - 89 percent.


  • First doses - 91 percent
  • Second doses - 83 percent.


  • First doses - 88 percent
  • Second doses - 78 percent.


  • First doses - 92 percent
  • Second doses - 84 percent.

Bay of Plenty:

  • First doses - 90 percent
  • Second doses - 80 percent.


  • First doses - 92 percent
  • Second doses - 83 percent.

Capital and Coast:

  • First doses - 95 percent
  • Second doses - 90 percent.


  • First doses - 91 percent
  • Second doses - 84 percent.


  • First doses - 95 percent
  • Second doses - 88 percent.

All of New Zealand:

  • 3,882,575 first doses - 92 percent
  • 3,592,142 second doses - 85 percent.


There are 93 COVID-positive people in hospital, an increase from Sunday's number of 82. Of these, 37 are in Auckland City, 22 in Middlemore, 17 in North Shore, four in Waikato, and one each in Rotorua and Hawke's Bay.

Ten people are in an intensive care or high dependency unit - eight in Auckland and one each in Waikato and Lakes.

The average age of hospitalisations is 46.

The vaccination status of current hospitalisations - which includes Northern Region wards only - as of November 29 is:

  • Unvaccinated or not eligible - 55 cases or 66 percent
  • Partially immunised and less than seven days from second dose or have only received one dose - 11 cases or 13 percent
  • Fully vaccinated at least seven days before being reported as a case - 16 cases or 19 percent
  • Unknown - two cases or 2 percent.