Covid 19 Response Minister Chris Hopkins and Director General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield gave the update on Wednesday afternoon, when there were a total of 49 new cases and 53 a day earlier.
However, Bloomfield said the increase was “not unexpected”.
He said a similar pattern was seen last April, when the numbers dropped to 89 on April 2, 71 the next day, 89 on the 5th and 67 the next day, before falling.
“If we look at the smoothing of the average over the last three days, it is clear that the average is 80, the daily case number is lower than the peak in the early 80’s, but of course we will look carefully,” he said.
Michael Planck, a Cowboys 19 modeler and professor of physics at the University of Canterbury, said the numbers are expected to rise day by day – what’s important is the trend.
“It’s still a very early day,” he said, “but it looks like we’re seeing a downward trend.”
“The curves are slowly dropping … we really just need to be our protectors.”
Daily case numbers appear when test results are returned. He said that the increase in total in one day does not weaken the overall picture.
There is another important number that experts want to see come down in the coming days and weeks: the number of communicable cases in the community, Planck said.
“This will be an important signal that the epidemic is coming under control.”
All but one of the cases reported on Wednesday were in Auckland, the other being the domestic contact of the Wellington case who returned three negative tests and were without symptoms.
The new cases bring the total number of epidemics to 687.
Bloomfield announced. 40 Auckland supermarkets will be listed as places of interest. On Wednesday, with plenty of caution.
They were considered “low risk” but people were urged to check times and dates, and monitor symptoms.
Of the 49 cases reported on Tuesday, 57% were domestic contacts in the current case. 75% of them did not cause any transmission event.
Based on the latest modeling, there was a 90% probability. R. Value (The average number of people who will transmit the virus with Covid 19) remains less than 1, “which indicates that we are failing. Breaking transmission chains“Bloomfield said.
Thirty-two people are in the hospital with Covid 19. In the Auckland area. Eight are in intensive care and three are on ventilator.
By 9 a.m. Thursday, 34,832. Contacts were identified. Linked to spread. To date, 85% of them have been contacted for testing and confirmation of isolation requirements.
91% of them returned at least one test result.
Of the 75 cases reported on Wednesday, 25 were linked to the epidemic cluster. Fifty investigations are ongoing.
To date, there have been 671 Delta community outbreaks in Auckland and 16 in Wellington.
On Wednesday, Hopkins announced that there is a government. Extension of pause on issuance of new MIQ vouchers. For a few more weeks.
The break comes after the MIQ (Organized Isolation and Quarantine) came under pressure in recent weeks, as the growing number of cowardly 19 cases and their close contacts need to be isolated.
“I admit it’s not easy for New Zealanders abroad who want to come home,” he said.
Of Stop at vouchers Emergency allotment did not stop.
When officials issue vouchers, it will work differently – a “virtual lobby” will be introduced, eliminating the need for people to be the fastest person to press a button.
Hopkins said demand would still be high, but that would make booking easier and more transparent.
Meanwhile, more than 50% of eligible New Zealanders have now received the first dose of the Pfizer Covid 19 vaccine.
Thirty-seven percent of Maori and 47 percent of Pacifica have received a single dose.
Nineteen percent of Maori and 26 percent of Pacifica people have been fully vaccinated.
“We still have a racial challenge,” he suggested.
The Book My Vaccine system currently has 1.9 million future bookings, with 68% of eligible Kiwis over the age of 12 having either booked or got a job.
All of New Zealand south of Auckland. Alert moved to Level 3. On Wednesday, the 14th day of the lockdown.
Northland will remain on Alert Level 4 until 11.59pm on Thursday, awaiting results. Further investigation.
The Auckland area will remain. Lockdown for another 14 days.
So far, more than 3,300 companies have been allowed to cross the Auckland border for essential travel, including about 23,500 employees.