Covid 19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: Chris Hipkins to appear before health select committee as outbreak grows to 210 cases

Covid-19 Recovery Minister Chris Hipkins is due to appear before the health select committee this afternoon.

There are 62 new Covid-19 cases in the community today and six sub-clusters have emerged in the outbreak.

One of the new cases was in Warkworth, north of Auckland, director-general of health Ashley Bloomfield said.

Bloomfield said the total number of cases in the outbreak has now hit 210.

There are 12 people in hospital with Covid-19.

Bloomfield said the majority of case links were from households and workplaces. Some were from locations of interest.

The six sub-clusters included the Māngere church, and the Birkdale flat. There were 105 cases associated with the church now.

There were 14 cases associated with a Massey household, but the rest of the sub-clusters were less than 10 people, so Bloomfield would not reveal what they were.

Bloomfield mentioned the racist remarks to those in the Samoan community as “disappointing and gutless”.

He said that the community had been “incredibly responsive” and were backing the effort to try to track down cases.

Of today’s case numbers, Bloomfield said it was “steady but not exponential growth”.

Hipkins said they were seeing cases that were not close contacts of existing cases but had been at locations of interest. However, they pre-dated lockdown.

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