COVID-19: 149 new cases, 12 district health boards pass 90 percent first vaccination doses

There are 149 new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand on Sunday, the Ministry of Health says.

Of the new cases, the majority are in Auckland while six are in Waikato, two are in Northland, and one each are in Lakes, Bay of Plenty and Canterbury.

There are 83 people in hospital with COVID-19, five of whom are in intensive care.

"There were 21,501 vaccine doses administered yesterday, made up of 6002 first doses and 15,499 second doses. To date, 91 percent of eligible people in New Zealand have had their first dose and 83 percent are fully vaccinated," a Ministry of Health spokesperson said.

"Twelve DHBs have now reached the 90 percent first dose vaccination milestone, the most recent being south Canterbury."

People need to continue adhering to public health advice as COVID-19 spreads to different New Zealand regions, the ministry said.

"That includes ensuring you and your loved ones are fully vaccinated if eligible, get tested even if you have only mild symptoms, wear a mask, keep a safe distance from people outside your bubble and keep track of your movements outside your home."


The health ministry said 113,599 community COVID-19 tests have been conducted across Auckland in the past week.

"This is an incredible effort - especially for all front-line testing staff who are out in all weathers and the laboratory teams who are working tirelessly to process these swabs," the ministry said in a statement.

"People in Auckland with symptoms, no matter how mild, are urged to get tested - even if they are vaccinated - and remain isolated until they return a negative result.

"Public health staff are now supporting 5659 people to isolate at home around Auckland - this includes 2580 cases."

COVID-19: 149 new cases, 12 district health boards pass 90 percent first vaccination doses
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Bay of Plenty

There is one case of COVID-19 to report in Bay of Plenty on Sunday, the health ministry said.

The case is linked to the original Delta outbreak and is based in Tauranga.

"It is critical that anyone with any cold or flu symptoms gets tested as quickly as possible - maintaining a high rate of testing in the Bay of Plenty will help to contain the spread of COVID-19.

"Case interviews continue to identify new locations of interest which are being added regularly to the webpage.

"Everyone who lives in or has travelled to the region is asked to monitor locations of interest daily and follow any advice given."


The health ministry said there's one case of COVID-19 to report in the Lakes District on Sunday.

"This case is in Rotorua and is a close contact of a known case," the ministry said. "Anyone with COVID-19 related symptoms in the region, is encouraged to get tested - even if the symptoms are mild. "


There were six cases of COVID-19 reported in Waikato on Sunday.

The health ministry said three were from Hamilton, one from Huntly and another two were believed to be from  Te Kauwhata.


There is one new COVID-19 case in Canterbury on Sunday but it's a weak-positive and further testing is pending.

"Today's case recently travelled to the North Island, and is linked to another case in the lower North Island," the health ministry said.