Covid-19 cases are on the rise, with more than 4,000 cases reported so far this weekend.
The Ministry of Health revealed that 4,322 cases of the virus have been reported today.
That is more than 1500 more than the 2776 cases reported last Saturday, November 12.
Earlier this week, health officials held a media conference and said the number of cases could skyrocket during the summer period.
Deputy Director General of the Public Health Agency Dr. Andrew Old said current models indicate cases could rise to a peak similar to that seen in July – between 10,000 and 11,000 cases per day.
He encouraged people to make sure they were up to date on their vaccinations, to stay home if they showed symptoms, to get tested if they weren’t feeling well and to open as many doors and windows as possible if they were enjoying themselves during the summer months .
Old said there was also “good evidence that using a mask reduces transmission.”
The ministry would publish a “summer checklist” to help people prepare, he said.
New Zealand remained in a “strong position” to manage ongoing Covid-19 cases, but Old warned: “We are not out of the covid forest yet”.