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Source: Covid-19 New Zealand Government Announcements

Update from the Ministry of Health

The seven-day rolling average of case numbers continues to decline. Today’s seven-day rolling average is 14,171, while the seven-day rolling average of cases as at last Friday was 17,197.

Getting boosted continues to be one of the most important ways people can protect themselves from Omicron and severe illness.

There is a much lower risk of being hospitalised if you are up to date with your vaccinations, which, for Omicron, includes a third or booster dose if eligible.

Our national vaccination programme continues, with many opportunities around the country.

It will be a big weekend for the Bay of Plenty, with a host of iwi-led COVID-19 vaccination events right across the rohe, supported by the local DHB. Tomorrow there will be tamariki-focused events in Katikati, Tauranga, Te Puke, Kawerau, Ōpōtiki and Whakatāne. Tauranga and Whakatāne will have events on Sunday as well.

Parents and whānau can also take the opportunity to get vaccinated alongside the kids.

There will be kai, stress-free spaces, and activities for everyone. Find out when and where from the BoP DHB website (external link).

COVID-19 deaths

Today we are sadly reporting the deaths of 17 people with COVID-19. The deaths being reported today include people who have died over the past seven days, including 15 in the past two days. Delays to reporting can be associated with people dying with, rather than from COVID-19, and COVID being discovered only after they have died.  

These deaths take the total number of publicly reported deaths with COVID-19 to 355 and the 7-day rolling average of reported deaths is 17.

Of the people whose deaths we are reporting today, seven were from the Auckland region, two from Waikato, one from Bay of Plenty, one from Lakes DHB, one from Hawke’s Bay, one from the Wellington region, one from Canterbury, one from the West Coast, and two from Southern.

Two people were in their 50s, four people were in their 60s, five people were in their 70s, three in their 80s and three were over-90.

Fifteen were male and two were female.

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

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

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