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Source: Covid-19 New Zealand Government Announcements

Update from the Ministry of Health

Today we are reporting 6,232 community cases, 390 current hospitalisations, and 14 deaths.

The 7-day rolling average of community case numbers today is 6,850 — last Friday, it was 6,960

COVID-19 deaths

Today we are sadly reporting the deaths of 14 people with COVID-19. Thirteen people have died in the past 8 days, while we are also reporting the historical death of a case late in 2020.

This case had recovered at the time of death but was recently classified as having COVID-19 as a contributory cause of their death. This will continue to happen occasionally due to the timing of the mortality coding process, particularly in instances where deaths where COVID-19 is a contributory cause, and the death falls outside of the 28 day period of testing positive for COVID.

Today’s reported deaths take the total number of publicly reported deaths with COVID-19 to 1,210 and the 7-day rolling average of reported deaths is 12.

Of the people whose deaths we are reporting today; 1 was from Northland; 3 were from the Auckland region, 1 was from Taranaki; 1 from Whanganui; 1 from the Wellington region; 1 from Nelson-Marlborough; 4 from Canterbury; 1 from South Canterbury and 1 from Southern.

Two people were in their 60s; 3 in 70s; 3 in their 80s and 6 were aged over 90.

Of these people, 4 were women and 10 were men.

This is a very sad time for whānau and friends and our thoughts and condolences are with them.

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

Omicron subvariant update

We are today reporting 4 cases of the Omicron subvariant BA.5 and 1 case of the subvariant BA.4 in the community, all based on whole genome sequencing of tests. These are the first BA.4 and BA.5 cases reported in the community, with no clear link to the border.

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