There have been 17 more deaths from Covid-19, bringing the nationwide death toll up to 355 and the seven-day rolling average to 17.
Of today’s deaths, 15 were recorded in the past two days while the remaining two were from the past week. 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.
There are now 764 people in hospital with Covid-19, with 31 currently in intensive care.
Another 13,475 community cases have been confirmed, once again indicating the overall number of new cases is on the 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,” reminded the Ministry of Health.
On the vaccination front, the ministry said this weekend is going to be big for the Bay of Plenty. There will be a number of iwi-led Covid-19 vaccination events 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,” said the ministry.