Daily case numbers have been steadily climbing and for most of last week the South recorded more than 600 new cases a day. University of Canterbury Covid-19 modeller Michael Plank agreed with Prof Baker’s assessment, and warned all parts of New Zealand were experiencing rising case numbers. "The new variant BA5 is daily rapidly taking over and it will probably become the dominant variant," Prof Plank said. The potential is that we could have a wave comparable to the first wave we had back in March. On Saturday 624 of the 6460 new Covid cases in New Zealand (9.6%) were reported in Otago and Southland.
Source: Otago Daily Times July 03, 2022 22:35 UTC