New Zealand’s Covid-19 death toll has increased by five. Two were from Auckland, one from Waikato, one from Canterbury, and one from the Hutt Valley. Of these people, one was in their 50s, two in their 70s and two in their 80s. Two were women and three were men.
There have now been 156 deaths linked to the pandemic since Covid first arrived on our shores.
There are now 943 people in hospital with Covid-19, including 616 in Auckland. The number in intensive care is 25.
The Ministry of Health, in a statement, said it continues to work closely with DHBs to ensure there is a good level of capacity across the health system.
Daily community cases have dropped across the country, with 14,128 confirmed overnight. Similarly, the numbers in Auckland have continued their downward trend – 3,498 new cases have been announced in the region.
Once again, the ministry has implored people to register their rapid antigen test result online. “It only takes a couple of minutes, and helps health officials assess the outbreak and better understand the spread of omicron.” Over the past day, 40,157 rapid results were recorded.
Speaking from downtown Auckland, NRHCC’s associate chief clinical officer Dr Anthony Jordan said he was still seeing a high number of people in hospital with severe symptoms who have not been vaccinated or had their booster. Over the last month in Auckland, only 11% of hospitalisations had had their booster. “The current rate of boosters in Auckland is lower than what I would like,” Jordan said.
“We understand the pressure on our healthcare system at the moment so your contribution by getting boosted is appreciated.” Being boosted also reduces the chance of passing Covid onto other people, including elderly people and children.