Covid-19: Fifth Day of No New Covid Cases in Taranaki

There were just eight active cases of Covid-19 in Taranaki on Thursday, with 50 other cases now considered recovered.

With no new cases for Taranaki on Thursday, the region has gone five days without finding Covid-19 in the community.

The last positive case in Taranaki was reported on Christmas Day, and was linked to the cluster in Eltham.

While the run of no new cases was positive, health officials warned on Wednesday low numbers of people being tested over the holiday period was a major factor.

Nationally, there were 60 new cases of Covid-19 in the community on Thursday and 44 people in hospital.

There have also been two cases of the highly contagious Omicron variant found in the community since Wednesday afternoon.

Of the new cases announced on Thursday, 20 are in Auckland, 28 are in Waikato, eight are in Bay of Plenty and there is one each in Northland, Lakes, Tairāwhiti and Canterbury.

Taranaki is closing in on the 90 per cent double vaccination goal with just 967 more doses needed.

Across Taranaki 93 per cent of the eligible population of those aged 12 and over have received a first dose, while 89 have received both doses.

Māori vaccination rates in the region continue to lag behind the average, with 86 per cent of the 15,904 people eligible having had their first dose, and 78 per cent both doses.

The average for New Zealand’s eligible population is 94 per cent partially vaccinated and 91 per cent fully vaccinated.

Source: Covid-19: Fifth day of no new Covid cases in Taranaki | Stuff.co.nz

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