Covid-19: Latest virus figures expected to be released shortly

There are 5169 new reported community cases of Covid-19 in Aoteaora today, the Ministry of Health says.

There are 11 people in intensive care and 599 hospitalisations. The seven-day rolling average of community case numbers today is 4938. Last Wednesday it was 6355.

There are now a total of 1705 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.

In the past seven days, there have been an average of 15 deaths confirmed each day as attributable to Covid-19.

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The Ministry of Health announced changes to the way it reports Covid related deaths last month, with the focus shifting to reporting cases where deaths can be wholly or partly “attributed” to the virus.

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 599 people in hospital are across Aotearoa: Northland: 36; Waitematā: 59; Counties Manukau: 53; Auckland: 68; Waikato: 60; Bay of Plenty: 23; Lakes: 17; Hawke’s Bay: 35; MidCentral: 21; Whanganui: 16; Taranaki: 12; Tairawhiti: 2; Wairarapa: 7; Capital Coast: 15; Hutt Valley: 16; Nelson Marlborough: 15; Canterbury: 86; West Coast: 4; South Canterbury: 23; Southern: 31.

The Canterbury region has the highest number of Covid-positive hospitalisations, with 86 positive patients, followed by 68 in Auckland.

The seven-day rolling average of hospitalisations is 772, up from 630 last Wednesday.

The average age of those in hospital is 63.

The ministry reports there are 34,545 active cases of Covid-19 today, which are cases identified in the last week and not yet considered recovered.

An additional 228 imported cases had been detected in recent arrivals.

In the past 24 hours, 14 people received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and 31 people got their second dose. 556 first booster doses and 8481 second booster doses were also delivered yesterday.

There were also 28 paediatric first doses and 84 paediatric second doses delivered yesterday.

Yesterday, Covid-19 Response Minister Ayesha Verrall​ confirmed New Zealand would stay at the orange traffic light setting.

She said there was still “significant pressure” on hospitals from winter illnesses, although it was thought Covid-19 cases may have peaked about 11,000 cases per day in mid-July.

“Our response to Omicron is moving in the right direction, but loosening settings before we are completely on top of it risk infections going up again,” she said. “We just need to stay the course a little longer.”

There will be no changes to case isolation and household contact quarantine requirements and the next review setting will be in September.