There are 2,130 new community cases of Covid-19 in Canterbury, bringing the total number of active cases in the region to over 13,000.
Nationwide, 21,015 cases were reported by the Health Ministry on Thursday.
Of the 2,130 cases, 2,021 have been reported in Canterbury and 109 in South Canterbury.
The Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) announced there were 13,316 active cases in the CDHB area on Thursday morning.
* Covid-19: 2,144 cases in Canterbury, 22,454 reported nationally
* Covid-19: Over 2,000 community cases in Canterbury on Tuesday
* Covid-19: 1,390 cases in Canterbury, 17,522 cases nationwide
Visitors to the Ngaio Marsh retirement village in Papanui have been restricted after seven residents tested positive for Covid-19.
All seven cases were in the care center and the residents were “doing well,” a Ryman Healthcare spokesperson said.
“We are closed to visitors to the center except for compassionate or end-of-life care visits,” he said.
It comes after two Canterbury care homes temporarily closed to visitors due to positive tests for Covid-19.
A Bupa spokeswoman confirmed that Ballarat Care Home in Rangiora closed on Tuesday, taking a “precautionary approach” after two staff members tested positive in their daily surveillance tests.
“All of our residents are doing well,” she said, and there were “no signs of widespread infection at home.”
It was too early to tell how long the house would be closed, she said.
Bupa Parkstone retirement village had also been closed since last Wednesday due to positive staff testing. Four staff members had tested positive on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Chief Health Officer Dr Ashley Bloomfield said the Omicron BA2 sub-variant is taking over from the BA1 sub-variant in New Zealand, as it is happening globally.
From Thursday, officials will move to a new approach to reporting Covid-19 deaths, counting all deaths within 28 days of a Covid-19 diagnosis. These will be divided into three categories, Bloomfield said.
The first category will be those who have clearly died of Covid-19. To date, nationally, that number is 34.
The second group are those found to have had Covid-19 after death, but whose cause of death was not caused by the virus – whose confirmed number, on Thursday, is two.
The third group is those whose deaths are still under investigation. Thursday, it was 48 people.
Chris Hipkins told Q+A he thinks there are “certainly more infections in the community than the testing numbers will show”.
On Wednesday, 2,024 cases were reported in Canterbury and 120 cases in South Canterbury.
Nationwide, 22,454 cases have been reported. Four people have died from Covid-19 and 742 have been hospitalized, including 18 at Canterbury Hospital.
Al Noor Mosque, also known as Masjid An-Nur, closed on Wednesday morning after a “large number” of cases were reported among people attending the mosque.
It would be closed until Friday to allow for deep cleaning and disinfection of the mosque, a spokesman for the Muslim Association of Canterbury said.
The self-isolation period for people with Covid-19 has been shortened from 10 days to seven days. This will come into effect from 11:59 p.m. Friday.
The change also applies to household contacts and people in managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ).
Covid-19 has also reached the Chatham Islands, one of the most remote inhabited places on earth. Both cases were confirmed on Sunday.
Both residents were self-isolating on the island and being cared for, said CDHB’s Covid-19 Emergency Coordination Center Controller Dr. Helen Skinner.
A new community Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) collection point also opened in Rolleston on Wednesday. It would be open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday until further notice, the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) said.
Other RAT collection points in Canterbury are:
- Wigram Covid-19 Testing and RAT Collection Center at 315 Mustang Ave, Wigram, Sioux Ave Entry Visa
- Whānau Ora Covid-19 Testing and RAT Collection Center at 250 Pages Rd, Wainoni
- Orchard Rd Covid-19 testing and RAT collection center at 174 Orchard Rd, Harewood
- Christchurch Arena RAT Collection Center
- Waimakariri RAT Collection Center at Waimakariri Hockey Turf at 291 Coldstream Rd, Rangiora
- Ashburton Covid-19 testing and RAT collection center at 48 South St, Ashburton, Cass St entrance