WELLINGTON, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand reported 25 new community cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, said the Ministry of Health in a statement.
Among the new community infections, 15 were recorded in the largest city of Auckland, three in Bay of Plenty, two in the Lakes region, two in Waikato, one in Northland, one in Wellington, and one in Hawke's Bay, according to the Ministry of Health.
A border worker who was tested positive with COVID-19 on Saturday has now been confirmed to have the Omicron variant through genome sequencing, said the ministry.
There were also 43 new imported cases of COVID-19 identified at the border, said the Ministry.
The total case number of COVID-19 in the current Delta variant outbreak in the New Zealand community reached 11,306, mainly in Auckland and peripheral regions.
There were 22 COVID-19 patients in New Zealand hospitals including two cases in intensive care units (ICU) or high dependency units (HDU).
New Zealand recorded 14,694 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.
According to the health ministry, 93 percent of eligible New Zealanders have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
To be prepared to defend against all variants of COVID-19, including Omicron, the ministry continues its push for vaccination rollout.
From Monday, the COVID-19 vaccine will be available for five to 11-year-olds. The ministry is also urging people who are eligible for a booster dose to get it.
New Zealand is currently using the COVID-19 Protection Framework or the traffic lights framework. Northland in the North Island is at red settings. The rest of the country, including the largest city Auckland and capital city Wellington, is at orange settings.