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Source: Covid-19 New Zealand Government Announcements

Update from the Ministry of Health

Today we are reporting 7,612 community cases, 797 current hospitalisations, and 22 deaths.

The 7-day rolling average of community case numbers today is 9,689.

Today we are sadly reporting the deaths of 22 people with COVID-19. They include 1 death from March, 2 deaths from April, 2 deaths from May and 2 deaths from June, which are being reported following completion of the cause of death assessment. In some instances it can take some time for the full clinical assessments to be finalised.

The Ministry of Health and Te Whatu Ora —Health NZ are closely monitoring the continued increase in COVID-19 positive cases and hospitalisations as part of our ongoing review and updating of the response to the current community outbreak.

The case, death and hospitalisation numbers emphasise the importance of everybody doing the basics well to help prevent infection and serious illness. In particular, people should stay home if they are unwell, take a rapid antigen test (RAT) and upload the result on My Covid Record, and isolate if positive or while still symptomatic. 

If you are heading out to pick up free RATs and masks, please check the Healthpoint website to find your nearest participating pharmacy — as not all pharmacies are providing this service. People can also continue to request free COVID-19 RATs kits online.

It is important to ensure you are up to date with all vaccinations, including COVID-19 vaccinations. Many people are now eligible for a second booster dose, and flu vaccinations, which are free for many people.

Hygiene basics help stop the spread of winter illness

We want to remind people to keep up good public health habits to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and winter illnesses such as the flu.

Simple measures can make a big difference, so we encourage people to wear a mask, physically distance, wash or sanitise your hands regularly, and stay home if you are unwell.

Wearing a mask remains one of the best measures to reduce transmission of infectious respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.

As a general rule, the Ministry of Health urges people to wear a mask in public indoor settings outside the home and in poorly ventilated spaces, or when it is hard to physically distance from other people.

You must wear a mask on public transport and at transport hubs like airports and bus stations, inside public venues like museums and libraries, when visiting a health care service, and inside retail businesses like supermarkets and shopping malls.

If you have cold and flu symptoms, it is important to get tested for COVID-19 and self-report the result — whether positive or negative — on My COVID Record. This helps us to understand the spread of COVID-19 and where to direct our public health resources.

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