Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: 30 deaths and 13,636 new circumstances in previous two days. Video / NZ Herald
For the primary time for the reason that begin of the Covid-19 pandemic, Auckland doesn’t have essentially the most new every day group circumstances reported in the present day.
The Ministry of Well being reported the area has 869 new circumstances in the present day, whereas Canterbury has essentially the most at 2255, Southern DHB coming in second with 1747, and Waikato has 1079.
The remainder of the DHBs reported new case numbers under 1000.
Whereas the proportion of circumstances to the inhabitants in Christchurch has been larger than in Auckland for a while, in the present day was the primary time it had extra in uncooked numbers.
Auckland’s case numbers peaked within the Omicron outbreak virtually six weeks in the past and, this week, all three DHBs every reported fewer than 100 sufferers for the primary time since late February.
However at a gathering final week, Auckland DHB bosses mentioned they have been nonetheless solely simply above minimal service supply – which means the one operations they have been doing have been acute or deliberate surgical procedure that would not wait.
A lot of the main metropolitan areas within the North Island – Waikato, Bay of Lots, Wellington and the Hutt Valley – peaked a couple of week later, in keeping with Otago College epidemiologist professor Michael Baker.
Rural Southland appeared to be final in line for circumstances to peak, with Canterbury and South Canterbury already having had the very best fee of recent infections of any district well being board area – near 500 per 100,000 individuals – again in late March.
Baker beforehand mentioned geography was one of many causes for the persistent caseload within the South Island, with the wave washing out of the massive cities and into regional New Zealand.
“What we’re seeing in New Zealand is a metropolis sample and extra of a rural sample,” he mentioned.
“So at one excessive we had Auckland which had peak case numbers on the 4th of March and it’s actually the primary DHB the place we’re seeing numbers go under 100 circumstances per 100,000 individuals.
“And on the different excessive you’ve nonetheless bought over 300 per 100,000 – so 3 times larger – in locations like Southern, South Canterbury and likewise on the West Coast.”
However whereas circumstances had remained persistently excessive within the south, deaths and hospitalisations had remained low.
Baker mentioned he anticipated the drawn-out wave had performed an element in that together with excessive vaccination protection.
“Having a really sharp peak in Auckland does imply there’s much more stress on the system. Whereas when you have a extra extended epidemic, as we’re seeing within the South Island specifically, it is perhaps the capability to handle individuals at house is best since you’re not seeing so many sick individuals on the similar time.”
As immunity wanes locally, extra individuals socialising with lowered restrictions, and the potential of new variants, circumstances are anticipated to extend once more throughout winter.