Ten deaths of people with Covid-19 have been formally reported in the past 24 hours, says the Ministry of Health. This takes the total number of publicly reported Covid-related deaths to 166 and the seven-day rolling average to eight.
“Delays to reporting can be associated with people dying with, rather than of Covid-19, and Covid-19 being determined after they have died,” says the ministry. “Due to these fluctuations in the daily reported figures, the Ministry regards the seven-day rolling average as a better indicator of deaths with Covid-19.”
Of the 10 people who have died, one was from Northland, three were from Auckland, one was from Waikato, two were from Bay of Plenty, two were from the Lakes DHB area, and one was from the Wellington. One was in their 40s, two in their 60s, four in their 80s, and three were in their 90s. Six were women and four men.
There are 939 people in hospital with Covid-19 today, 24 of whom are in ICU, and 18,514 new cases have been reported in the community. The seven-day rolling average of cases is today 17,641, down slightly from 17,673 yesterday.
After decreasing for three days, Auckland case numbers have risen slightly on yesterday, with 4,346 reported today, still well down on the peak of around 13,200 in early March.