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Fourth covid case in Wellington: eight new locations of interest

There is a fourth covid case in Wellington today. It is linked to the Hidden Valley Festival in Matakana, north of Auckland.

Eight locations of interest have been published:

Brooklyn Food Market, 57 Cleveland Street, Brooklyn.
Today (Tuesday) 5.55 – 6pm.

Liquor King, Kent Terrace.
Friday 1pm – 1.06pm
Saturday 12.55 – 1.05pm

Wittner, 175 Featherston Street.
Thursday 5pm – 5.10pm

Unichem NZ Post Shop, Jackson Street, Petone
Thursday 4.40 – 4.50

Daily Bread Bakery, Wainui Road, Waiwhetu
Thursday 11.55 – 12.05

Merchant 1948, Queensgate Mall, Lower Hutt
Thursday 11.30 – 11.40

Queensgate, Lower Hutt
Thursday 11.05 – 11.45

Countdown, Jackson Street, Petone
Thursday 7.20 – 7.40am

If you were there during those times, self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days after you were exposed. If symptoms develop, get a test and stay at home until you get a negative test result.

There are nine more cases today in Auckland, two in Northland, two in the Waikato, and two in Canterbury.

Thw Ministry of Health says a total of 4922 active contacts are being managed. There are 34 cases in hospital, including two in ICU or HDU.

Of the 11,183 cases in the current outbreak, 81% (9,095) are not fully immunised. Of the 591 hospitalised cases in the current outbreak, 93% (548) are not fully immunised.

News from Ministry of Health
The low number of cases reported today is welcome news, particularly with increasing testing numbers. We thank New Zealanders for the care they have taken over the holiday period while travelling across the country and connecting with friends and family.

However, we know case numbers can be quite variable from day to day and it remains likely that there will be a rise again in coming days.

The Ministry would urge the public to remain vigilant, including scanning, wearing masks where required, and most importantly ensuring they are fully vaccinated, including people who are now eligible for a booster dose.

With Omicron cases continuing to be detected at our border, vaccination remains our key defence against all variants of COVID-19, including Omicron.

In the past 24 hours, 47,796 booster doses were given, a record to date.

A total of 548,733 booster doses have now been given since they became available in late November, representing more than 36% of those who are eligible.

Boosters are strongly recommended for anyone over 18 who has had their second dose at least 4 months ago.

From 17 January, anyone who has had their second dose more than 4 months ago can book a booster at BookMyVaccine.nz. Many clinics are accepting walk-ins for boosters right now. You can also book currently by calling the COVID Vaccination Healthline team on 0800 28 29 26.

Meanwhile, more than 90 percent of 12 to 15 year olds are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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