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Covid-19: 11,063 new community cases, 16 deaths in the past 24 hours reported


There are 11,063 new community cases of Covid-19, as officials report 16 deaths in the past 24 hours.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield gave the update in a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

This was an increase on cases seen over the weekend and the past few days, but was “not unexpected”, he said. “Reassuringly” the number of cases overall continues to drop.

Health officials announced the latest information on Tuesday afternoon.

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Health officials announced the latest information on Tuesday afternoon.

The seven-day rolling average of cases was 9731 as of Tuesday, the first time it had been under 10,000 in “quite some time”.

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There were 622 people in hospitals with the virus across the country – 23 of whom were in an intensive care or high dependency care unit.

The 16 further deaths bring the number of publicly reported deaths to date to 516. The seven-day rolling average of reported deaths is 13.

Six of the deceased were from Auckland, one from Waikato, two from Whanganui, one from MidCentral, three were from Wellington, two from Canterbury and one was from the Southern district health board area.

One was aged in their 30s, two were aged in their 50s, three in their 70s, six in their 80s, and four were over 90. Five were female and 11 were male.

In the 1pm updates, the Ministry of Health releases a total number of people who have died ‘’with Covid’’ in a particular time period. That doesn’t necessarily mean the virus killed those people, it just means they tested positive within 28 days of their death or immediately after.

The ministry later provides further information on the cause of these deaths on its website. You can read an explanation of how this works here.

There were new community cases in Northland (559), Auckland (1984), Waikato (965), Bay of Plenty (536), Lakes (214), Hawke’s Bay (474), MidCentral (534), Whanganui (225), Taranaki (370), Tairāwhiti (111), Wairarapa (137, Capital & Coast (683), Hutt Valley (355), Nelson Marlborough (404), Canterbury (1813), South Canterbury (250), Southern (1331), West Coast (108), and 10 in unknown locations.

Overall, new community cases were declining across all regions, doing so largely in the past two to three weeks, since about March 27, Bloomfield said.

There are people with Covid-19 in hospitals across all 20 DHBs.

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There are people with Covid-19 in hospitals across all 20 DHBs.

The Northern region (Auckland and Northland) now has the lowest case rate after a “quite high” early peak.

Hospitalisation numbers were also coming down, but more slowly than case numbers, Bloomfield said.

On average, about 20 cases per day are being admitted to hospital across Auckland.

There were still people in hospital with Covid-19 across all 20 of the country’s district health boards.

Auckland’s three DHBs each continued to have the highest number of Covid-positive patients. The average age of those in hospitals across the Northern region was 58.

Of those in hospitals in the Northern region (whose vaccination status is known, and who are not in emergency departments), 31 patients were unvaccinated or ineligible. Five were partially vaccinated, 46 had received two doses of the vaccine and 61 had been boosted.

The vaccination status of a further 166 cases was unknown.

It is expected that most people in hospital with Covid-19 would be vaccinated. This is because more than 95 per cent of the eligible population over the age of 12 has received two doses. This can lead to vaccinated people being over-represented in hospitalisation data.

There were 68,096 active community Covid-19 cases across the country as of Tuesday.

Officials also reported an additional 47 cases at the border.

ESR is genome sequencing cases detected at the border, and no cases of the new XE variant had been found so far, Bloomfield said.

Bloomfield also said a third death linked to the Covid-19 vaccine announced on Monday evening was a teenager.

The individual had myocarditis at the time of their death in December 2021. However, at the time, there was not enough information available to determine the potential role of the vaccine.

He said the teen was not experiencing any symptoms at the time of their “quite sudden” and “very sad” death.

Bloomfield added the family were “very clear” they didn’t want this death to put people off from being vaccinated, “or to be used by groups to undermine vaccine efforts in New Zealand”.

Covid-19 is more likely to cause myocarditis than the vaccine, and the risk of Covid-19 far outweighs the risk of the vaccine.

To date, more than 4 million New Zealanders over the age of 12 have had two doses of Covid-19 vaccine, and 2.6 million have had their booster (72.7 per cent of those eligible).

The Ministry of Health’s Chief Science Advisor Dr Ian Town also joined Bloomfield on Tuesday, to invite people to join a new year-long study available to people who had Covid-19 prior to December 2021 (pre Omicron).

An online questionnaire has been launched, which asks people about their lived experience of Covid-19. Smaller interviews can follow. Some 400 people have already taken part.

Those who would like to participate can do so by calling 0800 800 581, or visiting covidaotearoa.com.

It comes as Cabinet will announce on Wednesday whether there will be any changes to the traffic light settings ahead of Easter weekend.



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