40% of eligible population have had boosters; 28 community cases; 2 deaths; 31 people in hospital; two in ICU

News article

12 January 2022

Forty percent of the eligible population have now received their booster shot.

We are strongly recommending boosters for anyone over the age of 18 who had their second vaccine dose at least four months ago.

Vaccination remains our key defence against all variants of COVID-19 including Omicron.

Today we are reporting 65 people at the border with COVID-19. New Zealand continues to see a large number of border cases arriving from overseas, reflecting the growing number of Omicron cases globally.

The seven day rolling average of border cases is 33.

Omicron update

To date, there are 196 Omicron COVID-19 cases detected at the border since 1 December, and 11 cases of the Delta variant.

There are also 217 COVID-19 cases caught at the border that are still undergoing Whole Genome Sequencing. The expectation is that the vast majority will be the Omicron variant.

During the same period, more than 18,000 people have arrived and been processed through Managed Isolation and Quarantine facilities

New Zealand has taken steps to manage the risk of a community Omicron outbreak linked to border cases, including increasing the period overseas arrivals must spend in MIQ, and shifting the focus of whole genome sequencing to areas of most risk, such as for any cases in border workers.

The MIQ system exists to catch cases at the border. Managed isolation and quarantine facilities are well set up to care for Omicron cases and protect the community. The staff at facilities are experienced in managing and caring for positive cases.

All Managed Isolation and Quarantine facilities follow very strict Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) measures developed by the Ministry of Health to manage the risks of spreading COVID-19. People in MIQ undergo regular routine testing.

All travellers arriving into New Zealand require a pre-departure test. Travellers must receive their test 48 hours prior to travel. Travellers also must complete four tests while in managed isolation. This testing regime provides an extra level protection to our existing border measures.

COVID-19 vaccine update

  • Vaccines administered to date (percentage of eligible people): 3,983,660 first doses (95%); 3,882,793 second doses (92%); 33,385 third primary doses; 594,947 booster doses
  • Vaccines administered yesterday: 1,495 first doses; 3,812 second doses; 646 third primary doses and 45,984 booster doses.
  • Māori (percentage of eligible people): 504,183 first doses (88%); 470,807 second doses (82%).
  • Pacific Peoples (percentage of eligible people): 273,091 first doses (95%); 263,029 second doses (92%).

Vaccination rates by DHB with active cases (percentage of eligible people)

  • Northland DHB: First doses (89%); second doses (85%)
  • Auckland Metro DHBs: First doses (96%); second doses (94%)
  • Waikato DHB: First doses (94%); second doses (91%)
  • Bay of Plenty DHB: First doses (94%); second doses (91%)
  • Lakes DHB: First doses (92%); second doses (89%)
  • Taranaki DHB: First doses (94%); second doses (91%)
  • Tairāwhiti DHB: First doses (92%); second doses (87%)
  • Hawke’s Bay DHB: First doses (95%); second doses (92%)
  • Canterbury DHB: First doses (98%); second doses (96%)
  • Capital and Coast DHB: First doses (98%); second doses (96%)
  • Hutt Valley DHB: First doses (96%); second doses (94%)

Hospitalisations

  • Cases in hospital: 31; North Shore: 2; Auckland: 11; Middlemore: 13; Tauranga: 4; Waikato 1
  • Vaccination status of current hospitalisations (Northern Region wards only): Unvaccinated or not eligible (8 cases / 32%); partially immunised <7 days from second dose or have only received one dose (6 cases / 24%); fully vaccinated at least 7 days before being reported as a case (10 cases / 40%); unknown (1 case / 4%).
  • Average age of current hospitalisations: 56
  • Cases in ICU or HDU: 2; Middlemore: 1; Tauranga: 1

Cases

  • Seven day rolling average of community cases: 29
  • Seven day rolling average of border cases: 33
  • Number of new community cases: 28
  • Number of new cases identified at the border: 65
  • Location of new community cases: Auckland (17), Waikato (1), Bay of Plenty (4), Lakes (4), Christchurch* (1), South Canterbury (1)
  • Number of community cases (total): 11,210 (in current community outbreak)
  • Cases epidemiologically linked (total): 8,466
  • Number of active cases (total): 678 (cases identified in the past 21 days and not yet classified as recovered)
  • Confirmed cases (total): 14,473

Contacts

  • Number of active contacts being managed (total): 4,832
  • Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements): 81%
  • Percentage who have returned at least one result: 81%

Tests

  • Number of tests total (last 24 hours): 19,712
  • Tests rolling average (last 7 days): 14,532
  • Auckland tests total (last 24 hours): 9,282

Wastewater

  • There were no unexpected wastewater detections.

NZ COVID Tracer

  • Poster scans in the 24 hours to midday yesterday: 2,388,972
  • Manual diary entries in the 24 hours to midday: 42,294

My Vaccine Pass

  • My vaccine pass downloads total: 4,742,266
  • My vaccine pass downloads (last 24 hours): 15,466

New cases identified at the border

Arrival date 

From 

Via 

Positive test day/reason 

Managed isolation/quarantine location 

6 January

United Kingdom

Singapore

Day 1 / routine

Christchurch

6 January

South Africa

United Kingdom / Singapore

Day 1 / routine

Christchurch

6 January

United Kingdom

Singapore

Day 3 / routine

Christchurch

6 January

Portugal

United Kingdom / Singapore

Day 4

Christchurch

8 January

India

United Arab Emirates

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

8 January

Fiji

Direct

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

8 January

Fiji

Direct

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

8 January

India

United Arab Emirates

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

8 January

India

United Arab Emirates

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

8 January

Fiji

Direct

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

8 January

India

United Arab Emirates

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

8 January

Qatar

Direct

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

8 January

United Kingdom

United Arab Emirates

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

6 January

India

United Arab Emirates

Day 3 / routine

Auckland

4 January

India

United Arab Emirates

Day 5 / routine

Auckland

8 January

Fiji

Direct

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

8 January

Fiji

Direct

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

8 January

Fiji

Direct

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

8 January

Tanzania

Qatar

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

8 January

United Kingdom

Qatar

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

6 January

India

United Arab Emirates

Day 4 / routine

Auckland

8 January

India

United Arab Emirates

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

8 January

Qatar

Direct

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

8 January

Tanzania

Qatar

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

8 January

Fiji

Direct

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

8 January

United Kingdom

Qatar

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

8 January

Fiji

Direct

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

5 January

Australia

Direct

Day 5 / routine

Auckland

7 January

Brazil

United Arab Emirates

Day 5 / routine

Auckland

8 January

Fiji

Direct

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

8 January

Fiji

Direct

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

5 January

India

United Arab Emirates

Day 5 / routine

Auckland

5 January

United States of America

Direct

Day 5 / routine

Auckland

6 January

United Kingdom

United Arab Emirates

To be determined

Auckland

7 January

Brazil

United Arab Emirates

Day 3 / routine

Auckland

5 January

Australia

Direct

Day 5 / routine

Auckland

7 January

Brazil

United Arab Emirates

Day 3 / routine

Auckland

2 January

Australia

Direct

Day 8

Auckland

5 January

Australia

Direct

Day 5 / routine

Auckland

5 January

Australia

Direct

Day 5 / routine

Auckland

6 January

France

United Arab Emirates

Day 3 / routine

Auckland

2 January

United States of America

Direct

Day 8 / routine

Auckland

10 January

United States of America

Direct

Day 0 / routine

Christchurch

10 January

United States of America

Direct

Day 0 / routine

Christchurch

5 January

India

United Arab Emirates

Day 5 / routine

Rotorua

8 January

Singapore

Direct

Day 3 / routine

Rotorua

8 January

India

United Arab Emirates

Day 3 / routine

Rotorua

8 January

France

United Arab Emirates

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

6 January

United Kingdom

United Arab Emirates

Day 5 / routine

Auckland

9 January

Australia

Direct

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

9 January

India

United Arab Emirates

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

9 January

India

United Arab Emirates

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

9 January

Australia

Direct

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

5 January

Australia

Direct

Day 5 / routine

Auckland

9 January

Australia

Direct

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

9 January

India

United Arab Emirates

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

9 January

Australia

Direct

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

9 January

Australia

Direct

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

2 January

United States of America

Direct

Day 8 / routine

Auckland

4 January

Full travel to be confirmed

United Arab Emirates

Day 6 / routine

Rotorua

9 January

Australia

Direct

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

9 January

Australia

Direct

Day 1 / routine

Auckland

--

Full travel history to be determined

Full travel history to be determined

Day 5 / routine

Christchurch

--

Full travel history to be determined

Full travel history to be determined

Day 14 / routine

Auckland

--

Full travel history to be determined

Full travel history to be determined

Day 14 / routine

Auckland

Today’s cases

We are reporting new community cases in Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Lakes and Christchurch.

Deaths of two people with COVID-19

The Ministry of Health can confirm two people with COVID-19 have recently passed away.

A man in his 30s, who sadly died at home on 5 January, was tested for COVID-19 post-death and returned a positive result.

In addition, a man in his 60s sadly died with COVID-19 at Middlemore Hospital on Sunday.

Our thoughts are with their whānau and friends at this deeply sad time.

Out of respect for both families, no further details will be released and we will be making no further comment at this time. 

Regional updates

We are continuing to ask anyone in New Zealand with symptoms – no matter how mild – to get tested, even if you’re vaccinated. Please stay at home until you return a negative test result.  We are also asking people to regularly check the locations of interest as these are regularly updated and to follow the advice provided.

Testing and vaccination centre locations nationwide can be found on the Healthpoint website.

Please also continue to check for any updated Locations of Interest and appropriate health advice, updated regularly on the Ministry’s website.

Auckland

There are 17 cases to report in Auckland today.

Health and welfare providers are now supporting 888 people in the region to isolate at home, including 185 cases.

Waikato

There is one new case in the Waikato today. The case is in Atiamuri and is being managed by Toi Te Ora Public Health.

Pop-up testing sites are operating in Whangamatā, Te Kūiti, Taumarunui, Tokoroa, Ōtorohanga, Putāruru, Huntly and Hamilton today.

Testing is available at general practices in Waihi, Whangamatā, Whitianga and Te Awamutu by appointment. For details of all dedicated testing sites including other general practices, please visit HealthpointWaikato DHB or check the pinned post on our Facebook page.

Public Health staff in the region, primary care and manaaki providers are supporting 29 cases to isolate at home.

Bay of Plenty

There are four cases to report in Tauranga today, all of which are close contacts of previously reported cases.  

All cases are isolating at home or in managed accommodation.

Lakes

There are four cases to report in Rotorua today.

One case is a close contact of a previously reported case, and three are still being investigated for links to previously reported cases.

All cases are isolating at home or in managed accommodation.

Canterbury

There is a total of four community cases in Canterbury and one in South Canterbury, including the two announced yesterday.

This total of five includes three new cases being announced today, two are close contacts of previously reported case and one remains under investigation.

Three of these five cases will be formally added to our case numbers tomorrow.

Investigations are continuing but it’s expected there will be new locations of interest around Christchurch. Please check the Ministry’s locations of interest page, which is regularly updated.