Covid-19: 4006 new community cases, 16 people in ICU, ministry figures show

There were 4006 new reported community cases of Covid-19 in Aoteaora on Monday, the Ministry of Health says. There are 16 people in intensive care and 654 hospitalisations.

The seven-day rolling average of community case numbers is 5288, down from 6990 last Monday.

In the past seven days, there has been an average of 14 deaths confirmed each day as attributable to Covid-19.

There is now a total of 1638 deaths confirmed as attributable to Covid-19, the Ministry says, which are deaths where Covid-19 is either the underlying cause of death or as a contributing factor. This figure will be next updated on Tuesday.

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Information on the number of new deaths of people with Covid-19 reported to the Ministry of Health in the past 24 hours, and the seven-day rolling average, is available on the Ministry of Health website.

This includes information on the age band and location of newly reported deaths.

The 654 people in hospital are across Aotearoa: Northland: 36; Waitematā: 61; Counties Manukau: 51; Auckland: 75; Waikato: 60; Bay of Plenty: 30; Lakes: 17; Hawke’s Bay: 32; MidCentral: 21; Whanganui: 13; Taranaki: 22; Tairāwhiti: 2; Wairarapa: 5; Capital, Coast: 23; Hutt: 13; Nelson Marlborough: 20; Canterbury: 107; West Coast: 4; South Canterbury: 27; Southern: 35.

The Canterbury region has the highest number of Covid-positive hospitalisations, with 107 positive patients, followed by 75 in Auckland.

The seven-day rolling average of hospitalisations is 660, down from 799 last Monday.

The average age of those in hospital is 63.

The ministry reports there are 37,007 active cases of Covid-19 today, which are cases identified in the last week and not yet considered recovered.

An additional 168 imported cases had been detected in recent arrivals.

In the past 24 hours, 9 people received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and 6 people got their second dose; 32 first booster doses and 1467 second booster doses were also delivered yesterday.

There were also 28 paediatric first doses and 99 paediatric second doses delivered yesterday.

New Zealand appears to have passed the peak of the most recent Omicron wave, which saw case numbers of those with the virus hit about 10,000 in mid-July.

The seven-day rolling average of new daily cases has fallen steadily from a peak of around 10,000 on July 15 to about 5400 on Sunday.

However, it may still be some weeks before relentless pressure on health services across Aotearoa eases, with plenty of other winter illnesses and viruses still circulating.