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There were 40 new cases of COVID-19 reported in CHB yesterday, giving the district a total of 248 active cases.

There were 700 new cases in the region yesterday, with 21 people in hospital.

The number of active cases has soared in the past week – a week ago there were 1565 active cases – with that number sitting at 5096 yesterday.

A week ago there was only one person in Hawke’s Bay Hospital related to COVID.

For Tararua District, the number of new cases yesterday was 37, giving the district a total of 391.

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There will be further opportunities for people to get vaccinated over the coming days.

The Mobile Vaccination Clinic will be in Charlotte Street Takapau today from 2pm to 6pm.

On Sunday, the mobile clinic will be at the Otane Market from 9am to 1pm.

Further mobile clinics are planned in Waipukurau, Takapau and Porangahau next week.

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It is the final round robin game in the MJF Shrimpton 50-over Memorial Cricket competition this weekend.

The Waipawa Butchery sponsored CHB Premiers will play Taradale in Taradale tomorrow from 11am.

Heading in to the last round of competition, CHB is currently sitting second on the points table.

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CHB Police are investigating after a headstone at the Waipawa Cemetery was vandalised last week.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said the damage has caused the family  huge amount of grief, and Police would appreciate any information.

The incident occurred overnight last Thursday (March 3rd).

Mr Walker said the damage is unable to be repaired, and the whole headstone will have to be replaced at a cost of several thousand dollars to the family.

In other Police news, windows were smashed at two local businesses last weekend.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said windows were broken at DAC Legal and Subway Waipukurau, possibly on Saturday night.

He said a car parked in Nelson Street also had its back window broken after a road cone was thrown through it over the weekend.

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Central Hawke’s Bay Mayor is encouraging locals that are isolating due to COVID-19, and need support, to reach out.

Alex Walker said there is an 0800 number which people can call if they need support, such as for those who can’t get the likes of groceries.

She said people will be asked questions about what they might need, and that will activate systems to help – whether its is a local response or sometimes a more national co-ordinated response.

The number is 0800 512 337.