There are 2365 new social cases in Covid-19 outbreaks as officials report two more deaths.
The new cases are in Northland (50), Auckland (1692), Waikato (136), Bay of Plenty (42), Lakes (24), Hawke’s Bay (23), MidCentral (14), Whanganui (five), Taranaki ( four), Tairāwhiti (nine), Wairarapa (eight), Capital and Coast (89), Hutt Valley (19), Nelson Marlborough (58), Canterbury (105), South Canterbury (one) and Southern (86).
Two people with Covid-19 have died in Auckland, one at Middlemore Hospital – whose family requested that no further details be released – and a patient in his 70s at Auckland City Hospital.
There are 116 people in hospital with Covid-19 on Monday in Northland, Auckland, Tauranga, Waikato and Tairāwhiti, informs the Ministry of Health.
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One person is admitted to an intensive care unit or a high dependency ward.
The average age of them in the hospital is 58.
Slightly fewer than 27,109 tests were conducted across Aotearoa on Sunday.
While the number of PCR tests taken on Sunday – 27,109 – was lower than 30,000 plus seen at the end of last weekand a slight decrease from the seven-day average, it was still nearly 10,000 higher than the number of inoculations taken the Sunday before, with 17,616 collected nationwide.
The 7-day moving average of community affairs is 1667.
A further 12 cases have been detected at the border, bringing the seven-day moving average to 11.
There are 15,928 active cases as of Monday (those identified within the last 21 days not yet classified as recovered), bringing the total number of cases in New Zealand since the pandemic began to nearly 33,000.
There are active cases of Covid-19 in all 20 of the country’s district health management areas.
The counties of Manukau DHB, which covers eastern and southern Auckland, handle the bulk of the Omicron outbreak with 5,842 active cases as of Monday.
Auckland DHB currently has the second highest number of cases, 2593, fewer than half as many as Counties.
More than 2.1 million booster shots have now been given nationwide, with more than 15,000 administered Sunday.
53 percent of those eligible to be boosted have done so.
Meanwhile, 48 percent of 5-11-year-olds have received their first dose.
From Monday morning, rapid antigen tests (RATs) are available at community testing centers in Auckland, to those who meet the relevant clinical criteria.
Access to rapid antigen testing will be further expanded over the coming week, the ministry said.
Authorities will increase the use of Phase 2 and Phase 3 RATs of the response to ease the pressure on the PCR test and reserve it for those most likely to have Covid-19.
Only people with symptoms, or who have been identified as close contacts in a case, or instructed by a health professional to be tested, should show up at test sites.
Anyone with cold or flu symptoms who may be Covid-19 is asked to get a test and isolate themselves at home until a negative result is returned and they are fine. Regardless of your test result, it is still important that everyone who is sick stays home to reduce the spread of other viruses, the ministry said.
The most common early symptom of Omicron is cough followed by sore throat and / or runny nose.