January 29, 2022 There were 97 cases of Covid-19 in the community today, including 11 new confirmed cases of the Omicron variant.
Nine high-risk Covid-19 hotspots were announced today across the North Island, including Kelly Tarlton’s, two intercity bus rides, a restaurant and a hair salon.
A trip to Kelly Tarlton’s Orakei cafe on Tuesday January 25 between 11.45am and 12.30pm is among several new high-risk Omicron exposure sites announced by the Department of Health last night. Those present are advised to get tested and self-isolate immediately.
Updates from health officials indicated an InterCity bus trip from Gisborne to Napier on January 28 between 9:30 a.m. and noon and an InterCity bus trip from Napier to Wellington shortly after the same day from 1:50 p.m. at 7:45 p.m.
The other six high-risk places of interest are the Rotorua Badminton Club on January 21 between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., the Indian restaurant Rasoi in Napier between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on January 23, a Burger Fuel restaurant in New Plymouth, a Whakatane hair salon on Friday January. 21, flight JQ259 Auckland to Wellington on Sunday January 23 between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and Ōtāhuhu Pool and Leisure Center on Saturday January 29 between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.
Health officials said anyone at the Elliott St burger restaurant for takeout or sitting inside between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on January 25 should self-isolate and get tested for Covid immediately.
A second test is expected to be conducted on the fifth day and further isolation and testing requirements will be provided, health officials said.
The same goes for anyone who has visited the other four high-risk places of interest.
2 p.m. update
• January 23 (Sunday) from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Rasoi Indian restaurant, Napier, high risk
• January 19 (Wednesday) from 9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.: Peloton bar and restaurant, Wellington airport, Rongotai
3 p.m. update
• January 21 (Friday) from 3 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.: Dawson & Centremens Hairdresser Whakatane
1 p.m. update
• January 26 (Wednesday) from 4 p.m. to 12:15 a.m.: Wendys, Dominion Rd
• 28 January (Friday) 9.30am-12pm: intercity bus journey from Gisborne to Napier, high risk
• January 21 (Friday) 6:00-8:00 p.m.: Rotorua Badminton Club – Group that played 6:00-8:00 p.m.
• January 21 (Friday) 7:00-9:00 p.m.: Rotorua Badminton Club – Group that played 7:00-9:00 p.m., high risk
• January 28 (Friday) 1:50-7:45 p.m. Intercity bus travel from Napier to Wellington, high risk
12 p.m. update
• January 25 (Tuesday) 4-5 p.m.: Countdown, Katikati
• January 21 (Friday) 4:27-5pm: Gilmours, Wellington
• January 25 (Tuesday) 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Burger Fuel, New Plymouth, take-out customers
• January 25 (Tuesday) 2:00-3:00 p.m.: Burger Fuel, New Plymouth, Indoor Seating, High Risk
• January 17 (Monday) from 6:24 a.m. to 6:45 a.m.: Rotorua Regional Airport
• January 25 (Tuesday) 3:38-4pm: Indo Spice World, Tauranga
• January 19 (Wednesday) from 9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.: Peloton bar and restaurant, Rongotai
• January 24 (Monday) 10:30-10:40 am: Z Mungavin Ave gas station, Porirua
Earlier this morning, three places of interest in the Wellington area, Rotorua airport and a burger restaurant in Kerikeri were released by health officials.
None of the landmarks are considered high risk, but people are advised to self-monitor for symptoms for 10 days and, if symptoms develop, get tested and stay home until until they get a negative result.
The three places of interest in the Wellington area are Synergy Hair in Queensgate between 4 and 5 p.m. on January 23, SuperValue at Cannons Creek in Porirua between 11:05 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. on January 24, and Preservatorium Cafe in Te Aro in central Wellington between 7:37 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. on January 25.
Anyone who was at Rotorua Airport between 9:54 a.m. and 10 a.m. on January 27 and at Burger Fiasko in Kerikeri between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on January 27 should follow the self-monitoring guidelines.
Health officials yesterday said a series of Air NZ flights, the indoor lounge at Auckland Airport and a Sikh temple in Hamilton were among the new high-risk venues.
People on a series of recent flights from destinations including Auckland, Wellington Christchurch and Nelson, as well as those at Auckland Airport should self-isolate and be tested for Covid immediately.
It also emerged that an Air NZ flight, NZ8273 from Kerikeri to Auckland, was carrying Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Governor General Dame Cindy Kiro, who are both in isolation after a flight attendant tested positive for Omicron.
A statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office shortly after 10pm last night said: ‘Whole genome sequencing for the case has been requested with an outcome expected on Sunday.
“The result should indicate that the case was infected with the Omicron variant and the public health response reflects this.
“All other passengers on board NZ8273 are also considered close contacts and should self-isolate, get tested immediately and remain isolated for 10 days after exposure.”
Ardern and Kiro were returning from Waitangi last Saturday after filming pre-recorded speeches for Waitangi Day.
The list of fights yesterday joined an Auckland educational organization and a ferry terminal as other new places of interest.
People on flights should self-isolate and be tested for Covid immediately.
The same goes for those attending the New Zealand Sikh Society’s Te Rapa Temple in Hamilton on January 22 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Anyone who was at the downtown Fullers Waiheke Island Ferry terminal on Sunday between 1:10 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. and at Learning Network NZ in Henderson on Thursday between 8:45 a.m. and 1 p.m., are also identified as close contacts.
The Department of Health is asking anyone in these locations during the specified times to get tested and self-isolate immediately.
Anyone present at this location on Saturday between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. is considered a close contact.
Nelson Airport was also visited by a Covid case on January 18 and 23. However, those present at the scene during the specified period are not required to self-isolate but should self-monitor for symptoms.