There have been 14 more deaths of people with Covid-19. These deaths, which include people who died over the past six days, take the total number of publicly reported deaths with Covid-19 to 317 and the seven-day rolling average to 15.
Of the latest deaths, four were from the Auckland region, four from Waikato, one from the Lakes DHB, one from the Wellington region, one from Nelson Marlborough, one from Canterbury, one from South Canterbury and one from Southern.
Five people were in their 70s, six in their 80s and three were in their 90s. One was female and thirteen were male.
Covid-19 response minister Chris Hipkins said there would continue to be spikes in both case numbers and Covid-related deaths. “The series of peaks and troughs is not unexpected,” he said. “The overall trend is heading down – the seven-day rolling average of cases continues to decline”.
There are now 817 people in hospital, 24 of whom are in intensive care.
Another 15,918 community cases have been confirmed today. Today’s seven day rolling average is 14,969, comparing with an average last Wednesday of 17,111. “It’s encouraging to see case numbers continuing to decline,” said the Ministry of Health.
Next Monday will see further loosening of our Covid restrictions and a review of the traffic light system. Hipkins said he “didn’t want to get ahead” of that review, but said he’d had “some conversations” with the Ministry of Health about it. “I don’t have a firm leaning on where that might end up,” he said, when asked whether a move to orange was possible.
Asked about when, or if, booster doses will be available for children, Hipkins said it was unlikely to be rolled out for the 5-11 group “for some time”. As for 12 to 17s, Hipkins said officials were waiting on the advice from our technical experts. Verrall clarified that a “new application” from Pfizer had been made on the basis there had been further trial information made available.