The Ministry of Health has confirmed nine new cases in the Nelson Tasman region. All of the cases live in the same household. Testing is yet to determine the variant and genomic link.
Eight of these cases were notified after the Ministry’s reporting deadline, and will be added to the official tally tomorrow.
Public health officials are investigating recent travel to Auckland as the possible source of their infections. Case interviews are underway and locations of interest will be added to the Ministry’s webpage where contacts at exposure events cannot be identified.
Dr Alexandra Greig, Nelson Marlborough Medical Officer of Health said, “We would like to thank the cases for their prompt action in coming forward for testing. This has allowed for a swift public health response.”
“It is a timely reminder for anyone with symptoms, no matter how mild, to get tested.”
Everyone in New Zealand aged 5 years and over is eligible for free COVID-19 vaccination. Those over 18 who are fully vaccinated can also book their free booster.
“Scientific evidence shows that vaccination has a huge effect in reducing the chance that somebody infected with COVID-19 will have a severe illness and reduces the risk of transmission in the community.”