Coronavirus: Ministry of Health resolves 'technical issue' involving dozens of cases, bus journeys locations of interest

Following the publishing of this article, the Ministry of Health later confirmed that a further 40 cases following a "technical issue" will not be reported because these don't actually exist. They previously said these numbers would be reported on Monday.

"A suspected issue was reconciled, and the numbers will remain at 56. There will not be a further 40 cases to report."

There were 103 new community COVID-19 cases reported on Sunday, a rise from compared to numbers earlier this week, and one additional death.

Aside from the daily case numbers, you may have missed the details of the Ministry of Health's latest update.

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

Death of a patient at North Shore Hospital

A patient, who was in their 70s, has died with COVID-19 at North Shore Hospital.

They were admitted to hospital on January 21 and had underlying health conditions, the Ministry of Health says.

Locations of cases

Of Sunday's 103 new cases, 56 are in Auckland, 14 in Bay of Plenty, 12 in Waikato, eight in Lakes, four in Northland, three in Hawke's Bay, two in Wellington, and one each in Tairāwhiti, MidCentral, Taranaki, and Nelson-Tasman.


Three of Northland's four new cases were reported on Saturday but are being added to Sunday's tally. The new case is a household member of an existing case. 

The exact locations of cases haven't been reported.


There are 56 cases to report in Auckland.

The exact locations of Auckland's cases are not reported by the Ministry of Health.

There are 891 people isolating at home, including 288 cases.


Ten of Waikato's 12 new cases are linked to previous infections and the remaining two are under investigation.

Seven are reported for Hamilton, two in Paeroa, one in Waihi, and two locations are not yet confirmed.

There are 40 people isolating at home in the region.


All eight of the new cases are in the Rotorua district. Six are contacts of other cases and two are being investigated.

Bay of Plenty 

There are 14 new cases in the Bay of Plenty. Eight are contacts of existing cases and three are being investigated to determine any potential links.

Six of these cases are in Western Bay, four are in Tauranga and one is in the eastern Bay of Plenty.

There are three further cases onboard the Singapore-flagged Maersk Bogor container ship, which is currently under quarantine at the Port of Tauranga.

Bay of Plenty public health officials are encouraging anyone in Katikati who has symptoms or has been at a location of interest anywhere in New Zealand to get tested.


There is one new case to report in Tairāwhiti. The case is linked to an existing case and also has links to Soundsplash.

Hawke's Bay

Three new cases are being reported in Hawke's Bay. Investigations are underway to determine any potential links to existing cases.

The Ministry of Health didn't give the exact location of the cases.


There is one new case being reported in MidCentral and they are linked to an existing case in Tairāwhiti.

Two bus journeys have been published as locations of interest in connection to this case. Anyone who was on either of these buses is considered a close contact and must self-identify by calling the COVID-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or registering here.

The first bus was the InterCity IC6965 bus from Gisborne to Napier which departed Gisborne at 9:30am Friday January 28 and arrived in Napier at 1pm on the same day.

The second bus was the InterCity IC6367 bus from Napier to Wellington, which departed Napier at 1:50pm Friday January 28 and arrived in Wellington at 7:45pm on the same day.

Although the case disembarked in Palmerston North, where they later tested positive for COVID-19, the entire trip is considered to be a location of interest and all passengers are close contacts.


There is one new COVID-19 case to report in Taranaki.

The new case is a known close contact of cases linked to the Hawke's Bay region and this person has been isolating in south Taranaki whilst waiting for test results.


There are two new cases in Wellington. One is in the Hutt Valley and is linked to an Auckland event, and the other is in Capital & Coast DHB already in isolation and linked to an existing case.

Following a recent positive wastewater test in Porirua, the Ministry of Health urges anyone who lives there and in Wellington's northern suburbs to get a test if they feel unwell with COVID-19-like symptoms.


There is one new case in Nelson-Tasman.

This case was transferred from Christchurch and is isolating in Nelson. Investigations are underway to determine how they are linked to the outbreak.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 03: People head to bars and restaurants in the Viaduct Harbour on December 03, 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealand's new COVID-19 Protection Framework comes into effect from today, with different regions transitioning to different traffic light restriction levels. Northland, Auckland, Taupō and Rotorua Lakes Districts, Kawerau, Whakatane, Ōpōtiki Districts, Gisborne District, Wairoa District, Rangitikei, Whanganui and Ruapehu Districts move to Red level, while the rest of the North Island and all of the South Island move to Orange settings.  (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)
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Omicron update

The Ministry of Health is expecting more cases connected to the Soundsplash music festival to grow over the coming days as more test results are received.

All attendees are asked to get a test if they haven't already done so.

Every New Zealander is asked to act as if Omicron is circulating in their community, meaning they should wear a mask, physically distance, and use the COVID Tracer app.

"The most common early symptoms of the Omicron variant are a sore or scratchy throat and a runny nose. So if you have these symptoms, please get a test, and stay at home until you get a negative result," the Ministry of Health says.

Vaccination rates across New Zealand

Vaccines administered to date:

  • 4,040,538 first doses - 96 percent of eligible people
  • 3,960,959 second doses - 94 percent
  • 1,287,972 booster doses.

Vaccines administered on Saturday:

  • 764 first doses
  • 1300 second doses
  • 9108 paediatric doses
  • 30,146 booster doses. 

Total Māori vaccine rate:

  • 512,045 first doses - 90 percent of eligible people aged 12 and over
  • 484,949 second doses - 85 percent.

Total Pasifika vaccine rate:

  • 277,078 first doses - 97 percent of eligible people aged 12 and over
  • 268,951 second doses - 94 percent.

Paediatric vaccines administered to date:

  • 159,296 first doses - 33 percent of five to 11-year-olds
  • Māori children: 20,551 first doses - 18 percent
  • Pasifika children: 11,503 first doses - 23 percent.

DHBs still to reach 90 percent fully vaccinated milestone


  • First doses: 89 percent of eligible people vaccinated, 549 remaining to 90 percent first doses
  • Second doses: 87 percent, 5485 remaining.


  • First doses: 93 percent
  • Second doses: 89 percent, 308 remaining.


  • First doses: 92 percent
  • Second doses: 89 percent, 424 remaining.

Remaining DHBs that are more than 90 percent fully vaccinated:

  • Waitematā: 95 percent fully vaccinated
  • Auckland: 98 percent
  • Counties Manukau: 94 percent
  • Waikato: 92 percent
  • Lakes: 90 percent
  • Bay of Plenty: 92 percent
  • Taranaki: 92 percent
  • Hawke's Bay: 94 percent
  • MidCentral: 94 percent
  • Capital and Coast: 97 percent
  • Hutt Valley: 95 percent
  • Wairarapa: 94 percent
  • Nelson-Marlborough: 94 percent
  • West Coast: 90 percent
  • Canterbury: 97 percent
  • South Canterbury: 93 percent
  • Southern: 96 percent.


There are 11 COVID-positive people in hospital. Of these, four are in Middlemore, three in Rotorua, two in Auckland, and one each in Waikato and North Shore.

There are no patients in an intensive care or high dependency unit.

The average age of hospitalisations is 58.