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Two further cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed for the region.

Yesterday’s confirmation brings the total number of cases in Hawke’s Bay to six – with one of yesterday’s cases linked to the four previous cases.

The other is thought to have contracted COVID-19 while outside the region, with investigations underway.

A further two locations of interest have also been named – Sazio Pasta Bar and Jetts Fitness, both in Hastings.

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Today’s Mobile Vaccination Van planned for Takapau has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

There will be two locations for the mobile clinic tomorrow however.

The first is at the Porangahau Hall from 9.30 – 11.30am, followed by Nelly Jull Park in Waipawa from 1.30 – 4pm.

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The Central Hawke’s Bay Cricket Club, Waipawa Butchery Premiers will play Taradale in the 5th round of the MJF Shrimpton Memorial Cup 50-over competition tomorrow.

The game, which starts at 11am, is being played at the Forest Gate Domain at OngaOnga.

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The whole of the Wairarapa District has moved into a restricted fire season.

The restriction took effect earlier this week, and follows Central Hawke’s Bay and the Hastings Rural District moving into a Restricted Fire Season last week.

A restricted fire season means anyone planning on lighting an open-air fire will need a permit, with permits available at www.checkitsalright.nz.

Fire and Emergency’s Brett Lockyer says the reason for the change is the current summer weather pattern and predicted climate - especially within the south and east coasts of the Wairarapa Region.