The number of additional vaccinations has dropped as one teenager from Auckland re-infected with Covid within six weeks. Photo by NZ Herald / Alex Burton
Today, 9,390 new Covid-19 cases and 13 new deaths have been reported.
The Ministry of Health also reported 522 people in hospitals with the virus, including 15 in intensive care.
This comes after a teenager from Auckland was found to have tested positive for Covid twice in six weeks, raising questions about official health guidelines that people are likely to have good immunity for three months after infection.
He first tested positive with a PCR test in February when he developed mild symptoms, and in April again tested positive with a rat, after which he had a much worse flu that left him bedridden for several days. days.
This is also due to the fact that every fourth adult has not yet done the third vaccination.
There were 10,294 new Covid-19 cases in the community yesterday.
More than 500 people were also in hospitals, including 14 in intensive care and another 18 Covid-related deaths.
The number of deaths as a result of the pandemic reached 633, and the moving average for seven days – 12.
Two of those killed were in their 50s, two in their 60s, three in their 70s, seven in their 80s and four in their 90s.
Places of yesterday’s community events were Northland (448), Auckland (2274), Waikato (751), Bay Plenty (424), Lakes (203), Bay Hawks (362), Middle Center (413), Middle Center (413), Wanganui (153), Taranaki 331), Tairoviti (93), Vayrapa (131), Capital and Coast (633), Hut Valley (325), Nelson Marlboro (368), Canterbury (1682), South Canterbury (1682), South Canterbury (241), South (1346) and West Coast (110).
The location of the six cases was unknown, and the average age of patients at the hospital is 60 years.
The 14-year-old from Auckland, who had a positive result twice in six weeks, initially had a mild sneeze and cough, his father Herald said.
The family was isolated for 10 days and the boy returned to school. Then in early April, “he came back from school really, really quite a crook, with a really bad sore throat, fever … classic symptoms.”
A rapid antigen test immediately gave a positive result. This time the disease was much worse, his dad said.
“He spent a couple of days in bed, about a day without feeling the taste. This time, definitely more severe symptoms.”
The boy’s general practitioner suggested that it could all be part of the same infection – the virus remained in his system and caused delayed symptoms. Or he could catch different options.
Dad admits he didn’t think it was possible to get re-infected so quickly.
“I don’t know why we checked it [the second time] because that’s what we were made to believe. And the school’s policy was this: if you have one, then you don’t have to worry for the next three months, even if you’re a household contact. ”
He doesn’t know where his twice-vaccinated son picked up the virus – neither parent had it, and no one came to their home until he was positive.
The teenager has fully recovered and they are not experiencing any lasting effects, so at this stage they are not bothered by prolonged covid.
The ministry’s current recommendations give a three-month exemption from household contact after a Covid infection because “the risk of re-infection within the first three months after someone received Omicron is very low”.
The father wondered if the government was reviewing its advice that people are unlikely to get Covid again within three months of infection.
“Obviously you can get it twice. I’m sure he’s not the only one.”
The infection of a 14-year-old teenager was recorded in his My Covid Record.
But, according to a spokesman for the Ministry of Health, the ministry is not collecting data on re-infection.
According to her, re-infection occurred during Omicron outbreaks abroad, but they usually occurred due to Omicron infection after receiving a previous option such as Delta or Alpha.
“Re-infection with omicron is rare, although it has been shown to occur.”