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Source: Covid-19 New Zealand Government Announcements

Update from the Ministry of Health

Border case with Omicron BA.4 variant

A second person who has travelled from overseas to New Zealand has been confirmed as having the BA.4 variant of Omicron.

Both identified cases are currently isolating at their homes.

BA.4 has been reported in southern Africa and Europe, and in New South Wales. The arrival of this sub-variant in New Zealand is not unexpected. At this stage, the public health settings already in place to manage other Omicron variants are assessed to be appropriate for managing BA.4 and no changes are required.

COVID-19 deaths

Today we are sadly reporting the deaths of 7 people with COVID-19. The deaths being reported today include people who have died over the previous 2 days.

These deaths take the total number of publicly reported deaths with COVID-19 to 757 and the 7-day rolling average of reported deaths is 11.

Of the people whose deaths we are reporting today, 3 people were from Auckland; 1 from Waikato; 1 from Bay of Plenty; 1 from Wairarapa and 1 from Canterbury.

One person was in their 40s; 1 in their 50s; 3 in their 80s and 2 were aged over 90.

Of these people, 1 was a woman and 6 were men.

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

Read the full update on today’s cases | (external link)