There have been 15 more Covid-related deaths overnight, pushing the country’s death toll up to 199. Of those, nine are from the Auckland region, three from Waikato, and three from the Wellington region.
One of these people was in their 50s, three in their 60s, six in their 70s, and five were in their 80s. Eight were men and seven were women.
Covid-related hospitalisations have risen by 16 to 1,016. There are now 25 people in intensive care.
Another 20,907 community cases have been registered overnight. “We have seen an increase today in case numbers across most regions of New Zealand, however it’s not unexpected as we generally see lower testing and reporting over weekends,” said the Ministry of Health statement. Just under 4,300 new cases were confirmed in Auckland.
Further analysis confirms Auckland outbreak on the decline
Director general of health Ashley Bloomfield said that the latest health analysis confirmed Auckland’s omicron outbreak, across all DHB areas, had passed its peak. The increase in cases nationwide was now slowing as well, he said, but case numbers were still “very much on the increase” in the South Island.
He expected that hospitalisations would peak within the next week or two, but he said that these numbers would decrease slowly. “We can expect ongoing waves of Covid with elevated baselines of case numbers and hospitalisations,” he said. In New South Wales, Bloomfield said hospitalisations never dropped below 950 even as case numbers continued to decline.
In the delta outbreak the hospitalisation rate was 8%, but Bloomfield said in Auckland for omiron it was 0.9%.
There would likely be future waves of omicron, said Bloomfield, along with new variants of concern.