Covid-19 NZ: Monitoring the Auckland Delta epidemic

Another 40 people with links to the Assembly of God, a sub-cluster of the Church of Samoa, have tested positive for Covid-19.

The sub-cluster now contains 237 cases and is the largest in the Auckland Delta outbreak.

Chief Health Officer Ashley Bloomfield at the 1 p.m. press conference on Sunday said the outbreak had risen to 511 cases, up from 83 the day before.

Most of the cases (496) are in Auckland and 15 in Wellington. Bloomfield said 453 of the cases were epidemiologically linked, while 58 remain under investigation although a link is likely.

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More than a million New Zealanders have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

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More than a million New Zealanders have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Within the outbreak, there are seven distinct groups or subgroups of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The church service, which took place in Māngere, south Auckland, on August 15, was a combined rally attended by more than 500 people, involving several other churches. Wellington’s cases were also linked to this subgroup.

The second largest subgroup, known as the “Birkdale social group,” contains 68 cases. It includes Case A, a 58-year-old trader who lives in Devonport, who tested positive for the virus on August 17, and other contacts on Auckland’s north coast.

The other five subgroups contain 20 people or less and were not appointed by the ministry for confidentiality reasons. One of them was previously called “Massey Households and Workplaces”.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said 20 cases were linked to Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

Among the current community cases, 34 are hospitalized; 32 in stable condition in a ward and two in stable condition in an intensive care unit. One is in Wellington Hospital, all the others are in Auckland Hospitals.

Ardern was unable to say if anyone in the hospital had been vaccinated against the virus.

She revealed that more than half of the 82 cases reported yesterday were domestic cases.


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