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Hawke’s Bay recorded 707 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, taking the regions total number of active cases to 3,691.

For CHB, 43 new cases were reported, to give a total number of active cases of 208.

In Tararua District, there were 58 new cases yesterday, for a total of 354.

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The Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination van will be available in Waipukurau today.

Vaccinators will set-up in the Countdown Waipukurau carpark from 11am until 2pm.

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No one was injured following a crash between a truck and a car towing a trailer near Otane earlier this week.

Emergency services were called to the incident on State Highway 2 on Tuesday morning after a trailer, which was being towed by a car, was hit by a southbound truck.

Police say the car pulled out of Higginson Street onto the State Highway into the path of the truck.

Following the collision, the truck veered onto the opposite side of the road, narrowly missing an oncoming truck.

One lane of SH2 was closed while debris from the crash was cleared.

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The Hawke’s Bay District Health Board has made plans for birthing mothers during the current COVID-19 outbreak.

Hawke’s Bay Hospital’s Chief Operating Officer, Chris Ash, said the Waioha birthing unit has now been designated as a dedicated delivery suite for those with COVID-19. 

He said Ata Rangi will be dedicated to COVID negative patients and can still support water births.

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Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is advising motorists using State Highway 2 between Dannevirke and Norsewood to plan for delays.

Essential resurfacing works are going on for the next five weeks, with a number of areas along the stretch of highway under STOP/GO.

Waka Kotahi says crews will be on-site from 7am-5pm each weekday and occasionally on Saturdays.