The remaining community cases are in Northland (31), Waikato (143), Bay of Plenty (29), Lakes (35), Hawke’s Bay (2), MidCentral (3), Whanganui (11), Taranaki (8), Tairāwhiti (8), Wairarapa (30), Capital and Coast (20), Hutt Valley (22), Nelson Marlborough (49), Canterbury (7), and the Southern region (35), the Ministry of Health said in a statement this afternoon.
The Ministry of Health confirms there are now 8147 active community cases in New Zealand in total.
Sixty-three people are in hospital with Covid-19. None of them are in intensive care. They are in hospitals in Auckland, Rotorua, Tauranga, Waikato, Wellington and Tairāwhiti.
The average age of hospital patients with Covid-19 is 62.
Vaccination Status of Patients
The health ministry provides data on the vaccination status of people in Northern Region hospital wards. Of the 63 people currently in hospital, this applied to 46 patients.
Four cases, or 9 per cent, were either unvaccinated or not eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. Twenty-seven cases, or 59 per cent, were fully vaccinated. The vaccination status of 15 cases was unknown.
Fifteen of the new cases were detected at the border.
The seven day rolling average for border cases is now 17, while the seven day rolling average for community cases is 844.
There are now 8147 active community cases in New Zealand in total.
Vaccination Lessens Chances of Hospitalisation
“Every dose counts and lowers the chances of getting very sick and being hospitalised, so if it’s been three months since your last dose, please book your booster today,” the NZ Ministry of Health states in a releas.
“Since January 22, when the first Omicron case was detected in the community, double vaccinated cases are 10 times less likely to require hospitalisation than unvaccinated cases – 4 per cent of unvaccinated cases have required hospitalisation and 0.4 per cent of fully vaccinated cases have required hospitalisation”.
High Demand for Testing
The Ministry says 32,285 Covid tests have been processed in the last 24 hours.
The Ministry of Health said testing sites were continuing to see high demand and asked people visiting the sites to be patient.
It was important people only sought a test if they had cold or flu symptoms, have been identified as a close contact, or have been asked to get tested by a health official, the ministry said.
“We understand that some people will be feeling worried or anxious at this time and will want a test for their own reassurance.
“However, unnecessary testing will result in long waits at testing centres and could also delay results for those who urgently need them.”
There are 7.3 million rapid antigen tests available in New Zealand, the Ministry said.
On Thursday more than 40,000 booster shots were administered. Sixty-two per cent of the NZ population due for their booster, have now received it.