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The number of new COVID-19 cases in Hawke’s Bay jumped back over the 1000 mark yesterday.

The Ministry of Health said there were 1243 new cases out of yesterday’s 20,907 nationwide.

There were 114 new cases reported in CHB on Tuesday, giving the district 510 active cases.

Tararua District’s active cases numbers have surpassed 700, with 708 active cases, compared to 639 on Monday.

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The COVID-19 Mobile Vaccination Van is out again over the next two days.

Vaccinators will be at the New World Waipukurau carpark from 10am to 4pm today, and in Charlotte Street Takapau tomorrow from 2pm to 6pm.

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There is a Heavy Rain Warning in place for Hawke’s Bay.

The Metservice says in the 26-hour period from 10am today until midday tomorrow, 100 to 130mm of rain is expected to accumulate.

Forecasters say peak rates will be between 15 and 25mm/hr.

More rain is expected for areas of the region north of Napier, and Metservice says further heavy rain is likely from Thursday afternoon into Friday, and the Weather Warning could be extended.

Meanwhile there is no forecast of thunderstorms locally today.

Late yesterday Metservice issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Hawke’s Bay and Tararua.

The Watch was lifted about nine last night.