Covid-19: Latest Northland case in Kaitaia causing concern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern paused a press conference in Northland because of heckling by a representative of Counterspin Media.

A second positive case of Covid-19 has been detected in the Northland community of Kaitaia.

The Ministry of Health said the latest infection is a household member of a previous case announced on Monday.

“This brings the region’s [Northland] total number of cases to 14, with three people now recovered,” the Ministry of Health said.

Far North mayor John Carter said the recent cases in Kaitaia are "obviously a cause for concern."

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"There is concern in the community now, and everyone is being cautious," he said.

Locations of interest have expanded to three hospitals – Kaitaia Hospital, Rawene Hospital and Dargaville Hospital.

Four cases announced over the weekend are all from one household in the Kaiwaka area, on the border with alert level 3 Auckland.

“Health interviews continue to identify new locations of interest and we do ask people in Northland to check the Ministry’s locations of interest webpage regularly,” the Ministry said.

All cases in Northland are isolating at home with public health oversight.

Carter said the two Kaitaia cases are a couple, one of whom works in construction.

Another case of Covid-19 has been detected in Kaitaia.
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Another case of Covid-19 has been detected in Kaitaia.

The Ministry said anyone in Northland with symptoms should get a test and remain at home until they receive a negative result.

Carter said testing has "increased dramatically" since word got out of the cases yesterday evening and vaccination numbers "are also increasing."

There were 1125 tests processed in Northland yesterday and 1161 vaccinations.

The region remains in alert level 2.

There are five testing centres open in Northland this weekend, including in Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Ōhaeawai, Kaiwaka and Whangārei.