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Eleven people are in hospitals in the top of the south with Covid-19, the Ministry of Health reported on Wednesday.
There are 281 new Covid-19 cases in Nelson-Marlborough, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday.
They were among 8454 new cases of the virus nationally, reported on Wednesday by the ministry, which also announced there were 481 people in hospital around the country with Covid-19, including 14 in intensive care units.
In Nelson-Marlborough, 11 people were in hospital, up on the nine hospitalisations in the area on Tuesday.
The number of new cases in the top of the south was slightly down on the 332 cases recorded by the ministry on Tuesday.
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On Wednesday the ministry also announced the deaths of 24 people with Covid-19 – 12 of whom had died during the past three days, with the other 12 deaths occurring since March 5.
The ministry said delays to reporting the deaths could be associated with people dying with Covid-19 rather than from it, and the virus only being discovered after they had died.
None of the deceased were from Nelson or Marlborough. One person was aged under 10, one was between the ages of 10 and 19, two were in their 40s, one in their 50s, two in their 60s, nine in their 70s, five in their 80s and three were aged over 90.
Seven of the deceased were female and 17 were male.
Nelson Marlborough Health, which has different figures from the ministry because of different reporting times, recorded 214 new cases on Tuesday. They included 69 in Nelson, 35 in Richmond, 24 in Motueka/Moutere, eight in Golden Bay, 14 in other parts of Tasman, 49 in Blenheim, six in Picton and eight in other areas of Marlborough.