‘We apologise’: Waitangi Day event canned over Covid fears; no confirmation from health officials

A Hamilton Waitangi Day event has been cancelled, with the hosts referring to information obtained from a “credible health source” that there was a new positive case of Covid-19 in the community.

However, health officials have not confirmed this.

A Ministry of Health spokesperson said: “We are constantly investigating tests and results. As always, we report any issues involving public health as soon as we are able to do so.”

Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate told Stuff the Ministry of Health was investigating a “potential low-risk case”.

Southgate understood the case may be related to a managed isolation facility outside of Hamilton, the report said.

“It’s understandable that people are anxious. Everyone wants to keep this virus at bay,” she told Stuff.

“It certainly isn’t time to panic or anything,” she said, adding that she hadn’t been given a reason to be concerned at this stage.

The Waitangi Day 2021 Commemoration was to be held at the Western Community Centre on Hyde Ave in Hamilton today.

The community centre has said in a statement on Facebook that the event has been scrapped.

“We understand there is a positive Covid case in Hamilton city, with two close contacts. We have made the very difficult decision to cancel the event today. We apologise to those that have travelled to attend this event, however the health and wellbeing of community is paramount,” the post said.

“We have been advised by a credible health source. Further information will be officially released later today and we will post the link as soon as it’s available.”

We have been advised by a credible health source. Further information will be officially released later today and we…

The Waikato DHB referred requests for comment to the Ministry of Health.

The Hamilton event was meant to kick off at 8.30am this morning

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