University of Otago students warned for planning 'COVID-positive party'

University of Otago students planning to host a COVID-19 party have been dished out a warning by the police.

Police said officers attended an address in Leith St, Dunedin on Wednesday night where a party was reportedly being planned.

It follows a series of COVID super-spreader events on Dunedin's notorious Castle St last week. The Southern District Health Board has warned there now could be more than 1000 active cases in the region. 

Students Newshub spoke to on Wednesday said they believed a large chunk of people living in flats on Castle St had tested positive.

Now another flat - this time on Leith St - has been warned against hosting a party.

"I can confirm that last night Dunedin police visited a property on Leith St at which a party was reportedly planned," a spokesperson told Newshub.

The spokesperson said officers gave advice and watched the flat during the evening and "no compliance issues were noted".

Snr Sgt Anthony Bond told the Otago Daily Times the residents were planning a "COVID-positive party". 

He said the residents were told the idea was foolish.

There were 3297 COVID cases reported across New Zealand on Wednesday - about 450 more than Tuesday.

But in the Southern DHB area - which covers Otago and Southland - cases had doubled in the previous two days. On Monday there were 86 infections, Tuesday 206 and Wednesday 455.