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Central Hawke’s Bay now has 21 active cases of COVID-19.

A further five were added yesterday, with the region reporting 132 COVID cases.

In all, there are 550 active cases in Hawke’s Bay, with none in hospital.

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Rapid Antigen Testing kits will now be used more often within Hawke’s Bay for people who have COVID-19 symptoms, have been to a location of interest, or have been identified as a household or close contact.

COVID-19 Senior Responsible Officer for the Hawke’s Bay DHB, Chris McKenna, said over the coming days RAT tests will be free for those who fit the criteria at locations where COVID testing is provided.

She said testing staff will determine which test - PCR or RAT - is best as for some, it may be clinically appropriate to get a PCR.

Mrs McKenna people should also take some time to download the COVID-19 Readiness Checklist which helps individuals and whānau to prepare and be ready to support each other if needed.

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Napier Tech beat the Waipawa Butchery sponsored CHB Premiers at the Forest Gate Domain on Saturday.

In the MJF Shrimpton Memorial 50-over cricket game, Tech bowled the locals out for 116 in the 39th over.

In reply, Tech were able to reach their target within 25 overs.

Two round robin games remain in the competition.