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Source: Covid-19 New Zealand Government Announcements

Update from the Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health continues to encourage people to be up to date with their vaccinations – including being boosted as the booster restores vaccine effectiveness for Omicron to 90% after it declines following your second dose. 

Our best protection both for ourselves, and for our whānau, especially as we look towards Easter weekend gatherings, is to be up-to-date with vaccinations – which includes a booster. Often those at the greatest risk of becoming sick with COVID-19 are older family members and those with comorbidities such as asthma, diabetes, and other long-term conditions.  

COVID-19 deaths

Today we are sadly reporting the deaths of 11 people with COVID-19.

These deaths take the total number of publicly reported deaths with COVID-19 to 269 and the 7-day rolling average of reported deaths to 12.

Of the nine deaths we have full details for, two were from the Auckland region, five from Waikato and one each from MidCentral and Nelson Marlborough.

Three people were in their 70s, three in their 80s and three people were in their 90s.

Seven were men and two were women.

Our thoughts and condolences are with their whānau and friends at this sad time.

Out of respect, we will be making no further comment. 

Guidance for healthcare workers returning to work

Advice has been updated for critical healthcare workers wishing to return to work if they have COVID-19 or are a household contact.

The healthcare worker guidance has been updated to enable healthcare staff who are cases or contacts to return to work if they choose to, are well and have regular negative rapid antigen tests.

For more information, visit our updated guidance. (external link) 

Read the Ministry of Health’s full update | (external link)