Covid-19: Four deaths as 10,239 new cases in the community reported
Covid-19: Four deaths as 10,239 new cases in the community reported

Covid-19: Four deaths as 10,239 new cases in the community reported

Four people have died Covid-19while there are 10,239 new cases in the community and 848 people in the hospital on Sunday.

Out of these 848 persons, 28 were in an intensive care unit or a nursing ward.

It informs the Ministry of Health it was “encouraging” to see that the total number of cases in the hospital – although slightly higher than the 841 on Saturday – remains “significantly lower” than the peak of over 1,000 admissions five days ago.

The Ministry of Health on Sunday afternoon gave the update on the country's Covid-19 situation.

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The Ministry of Health on Sunday afternoon gave the update on the country’s Covid-19 situation.

This reflected a decline in the number of patients in Covid-19 hospitals in Auckland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty: some of the first regions affected by Omicron.

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On Sunday, 465 of the total admissions were in the Auckland region.

Each of the country’s 20 district health boards treats at least one patient with Covid-19 – the average age is 58 years.

A further four deaths announced Sunday take the total number publicly reported deaths with Covid-19 to 258. The rolling seven-day average of reported deaths is 12.

Of the people whose deaths were reported on Sunday, one was from Auckland, two from Wellington and one from the Otago / Southland region.

One was in the 80s and three were in the 90s. Two were men and two were women.

There are 848 people in the hospital with Covid-19 on Sunday, a slight increase from 841 yesterday.

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There are 848 people in the hospital with Covid-19 on Sunday, a slight increase from 841 yesterday.

Of those in hospitals in the northern region (whose vaccination status is known and who are not in emergency departments), 90 patients unvaccinated or excluded. Fifteen had been partially vaccinated, 149 had received two doses of the vaccine, and 184 had been boosted.

Vaccination status for an additional 20 patients was unknown.

It is expected that most people in the hospital with Covid-19 will be vaccinated. This is because more than 95 percent of the eligible population over 12 years have received two doses. This can lead to vaccinated individuals being overrepresented in hospitalization data.

While almost 3.5 percent of people aged 12 and over in the northern region have not received any doses of vaccine, 17.1 percent of those in the region’s hospital (whose vaccination status is registered) have no doses – making them almost five times overrepresented in hospitalization data.

There was new Covid-19 cases in the Community in Northland (382), Auckland (1886), Waikato (913), Bay of Plenty (617), Lakes (308), Hawke’s Bay (541), MidCentral (493), Whanganui (223), Taranaki (431), Tairāwhiti (135), Wairarapa (105), Capital and Coast (692), Hutt Valley (349), Nelson Marlborough (405), Canterbury (1750), South Canterbury (199), Southern (772), West Coast (36); and two in an unknown location.

As of Sunday, there were 114,261 active cases of Covid-19 (those identified within the last seven days not yet classified as recovered).

The country’s total Covid-19 case numbers are set to exceed 600,000 on Monday, with 596,402 cases today.

The majority of Sunday’s cases were detected via rapid antigen testing (97.9 percent), with only 215 found via PCR testing.

Only 20,061 RAT results were reported within the last 24 hours, meaning that slightly more than half of those reported were positive.

Officials also reported a further 33 cases at the border.

Meanwhile, 92 first vaccine doses; 179 second doses; five third primary doses; 2921 booster dose; 364 pediatric first doses and 7157 pediatric second doses were administered nationwide on Saturday.

To date, 72.6 per cent entitled to be boosted has been – 2.57 million people. Nearly 8000 additional people are booked in to receive their.

The booster restores vaccine efficacy for Omicron to 90 percent after it dropped after the second dose, so it was important that people were up to date with their shots, the ministry said.

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