There have been 23 new community cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand today, with the total number of Omicron cases reported in the community now at 56.

In a statement, the Ministry of Health said there were also 36 new cases at the border

There are six people in hospital with the coronavirus in New Zealand.

Today's new community cases are in Northland (1), Auckland (12), Waikato (3), Rotorua (5), Capital and Coast (1), Nelson Marlborough (1).

The Ministry said there have now been 56 community cases that have been confirmed as an Omicron case through whole genome quencing, or are a suspected Omicron.

This includes 44 cases that are linked to a family event and other associated events in Auckland on the weekend of 15 and 16 January. The 15 new cases being reported today are in Auckland, Taranaki, and Nelson Marlborough.

The number of cases linked to the three border workers reported earlier this month has doubled from six to 12.

There are now eight cases associated with the MIQ border worker first reported on 16 January, and three associated with the Auckland airport worker first reported on 21 January.

A Covid-19 case in Taranaki has also been linked to the January Omicron cluster and will be included in the case count tomorrow.

The Ministry said they were on the same flight as the air steward that is part of this cluster and has been isolating since being identified as a close contact.

All close contacts identified so far are in isolation and being tested for Covid-19.

One of the three new cases in the Nelson Tasman region is part of a household that has also been linked to the January Omicron clustery. The other two were detected this morning and are under investigation. The Ministry said they are being treated as suspected Omicron.

The Ministry said the number of cases and contacts is expected to grow given the highly transmissible nature of Omicron.

Today's new cases at the border came from UAE, USA, Australia, India, UK, Colombia, Qatar, Iran, Scotland, Pakistan, Fiji, Austria, Sri Lanka, Canada and Brazil.

Yesterday there were 25 new cases of Covid-19 in the community including 10 confirmed Omicron cases.

There have now been 11,564 cases in the current community outbreak and a total of 15,369 cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand since the pandemic began.

The Ministry said Auckland has become the second DHB to fully vaccinate 90 percent of Maori within their rohe, while South Canterbury has become the ninth DHB area to vaccinate 90% of Maori with a first dose.

There were 15,102 paediatric doses given yesterday, bringing the total to 110,123, along with 56,899 booster doses.


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