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Covid 19 Delta outbreak: No official update today from Ministry of Health on latest cases

Health officials will not be releasing latest case numbers today, in spite of the growing number of Omicron cases at the border and fears it will be days before infections spill into the community.

The Ministry of Health has elected to defer issuing a statement until tomorrow, a move pre-arranged last year.

The next Covid-19 update will be tomorrow at 1pm.

Today Covid Response Minister Chris Hipkins said 128,850 booster doses had been administered in the first three days since eligibility changed.

This week people aged 18 and over have been able to get a booster four months after their second dose.

"A booster dose is your best protection against Omicron, and most Kiwis are now eligible," he posted on Twitter.

Yesterday there were 35 community cases ranging across the upper half of the North Island and including Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua and Taupō.

On Friday there were 37 people in hospital, just three of them requiring critical care, one of the lowest tallies in recent months.

However, this week when there were 66 new cases in two days the ministry said the likelihood was that Omicron would continue to be the most prevalent variant at our borders.

"This variant of Covid-19 continues to be having a significant impact globally, so it is not unexpected to see an increase of Omicron cases at the border," the ministry said.

Omicron surge forces NSW restriction U-turn

Skyrocketing Omicron infections across the Tasman have seen the New South Wales government introduce a fresh range of Covid-19 restrictions today.

It will mean singing and dancing will be prohibited in hospitality venues (including pubs, clubs, nightclubs, bars and restaurants), entertainment facilities and major recreation facilities.

There will also be a pause on certain non-elective surgeries.

The new measures will last until at least January 27 after there were a staggering 70,000 new infections in 48 hours.

Today the state hit a record 45,098 new cases and nine Covid deaths in the past 24 hours

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