There are 30 new community cases in the Waikato today as New Zealand records 198.
The total number of Delta cases in the region is now 214 — one is in hospital, while 115 are isolating at home.
Meanwhile, there are 152 new community cases in Auckland, six in Bay of Plenty, five in Northland, two in Lakes and one each in MidCentral, Wairarapa and Christchurch.
A weak positive in Wellington from a visiting Auckland essential worker is also under investigation.
Epidemiologist Michael Baker told Simon Barnett and James Daniels Waikato's shift down to Alert Level Two earlier this week increases the risk to the wider North Island.
“It will be important to watch what happens in the Waikato over the next few days, and particularly to see if we are seeing more unexpected cases.”