There are a record 306 new cases of Covid-19 in the community on Thursday, the health ministry said.
The cases are in Northland (12), Auckland (216), Waikato (48), Tairāwhiti (4), Bay of Plenty (7), Lakes (6), MidCentral (2), Taranaki (5), Hutt Valley ( 3 ) and Capital and Coast (3).
The department also said there was one confirmed case of Covid-19 in Queenstown on Thursday morning, which will be added to Friday’s official tally.
“This is the first community case in the South of DHB this outbreak,” the ministry said in a statement.
“Investigations into any potential links between this case and existing cases outside of Southland are ongoing.”
There are 12 people hospitalized with the virus, none of which require intensive care.
Meanwhile, there were 30 new cases at the border on Thursday.
They come from the United Arab Emirates, Australia, Fiji, India, Lebanon, Malaysia, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea and Qatar. However, the full travel histories of two people have yet to be determined.
The new cases bring the total number of active Covid-19 cases in New Zealand to 2,470.
There have been 18,460 cases of the virus in total.
“As cases of Omicron continue to be identified across the country, it is important that New Zealanders are as prepared as possible should they contract the virus or come into contact with someone else who has the virus,” the ministry advised.
“Make sure you have your personal plans ready and follow key public health advice for getting vaccinated, boosted, tested (if symptomatic) and masked.”
On Wednesday, 56,257 booster shots were administered across the country, bringing the total to more than 1.7 million.
“With Omicron in New Zealand, the best thing to do is get your call back when it’s due,” the department said.
“Reminders reduce your risk of getting very sick and being hospitalized. It also helps slow the spread of the virus.
People can get their Covid-19 booster three months after their second Pfizer shot.
Meanwhile, 782 first doses, 1,568 second doses and 1,941 pediatric doses for children were administered on Wednesday.
There were 204 new community cases on Wednesday.