New Zealand has recorded another 39 community cases of Covid-19, the Ministry of Health says.

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A boy under the age of 10 became the youngest person with Covid-19 to die in New Zealand, data on the Ministry of Health website revealed yesterday. The data said the child was a Māori boy, registered to the Counties Manukau DHB.

Three new cases of the Omicron Covid-19 variant were also reported in New Zealand’s managed isolation system, with none of them connected to the first case that was announced on Thursday.

The cases are now isolating at the Jet Park Quarantine facility in Auckland while the first case has been transferred to an MIQ facility in Christchurch.

The Ministry said the detection of further Omicron cases was not surprising given its rapid spread around the world.

There were 76 new community cases of the coronavirus reported in New Zealand yesterday.