The Southern District Health Board area now has more than double the national rate of Covid-19 cases per population after 17 new cases in the South were announced today.
Across New Zealand there were 67 new cases, bringing the total number to 1106.
Gore district’s first case was confirmed on Friday.
Of the new cases 17 were in the South – the biggest rise of anywhere in New Zealand – bringing the total in the SDHB area to 177.
There were 13 Covid-19 patients in hospital as of this morning, including three in ICU. One person is in hospital in the SDHB area and they are in Southland Hospital.
With 17 new cases, the SDHB area had the most new cases, followed by Waitemata, which had ten new cases.
The cases in the SDHB area are made up of 163 confirmed cases and 14 probable cases.
The SDHB area now has 53.7 cases per 100,000, which is well above the DHB with the second highest rate of cases, which is Waikato with 35 cases per 100,000.
It is more than double the national rate, which stands at almost 24 cases per 100,000.
The SDHB area also continues to have the most cases in total of any DHB area in New Zealand and Dr Ashley Bloomfield said today the South has among the most number of cases where the cause of transmission remains undetermined.
Currently across New Zealand 2% of cases are being attributed to community transmission, while the source of transmission is still being investigated for 17% of cases.
The areas where there were the most number of cases still being investigated were in the Southern and Waikato DHB areas and the Auckland metro region, Dr Bloomfield said.
“We are going to be working with them over the next day or two, to look at each of those cases under investigation to determine if they can, or should be classified as community transmission.”
Meanwhile, the number of cases linked to the Bluff wedding cluster has climbed by four to 62.
The number of cases linked to the World Hereford Conference, held in Queenstown, remains at 32.