NZ Daily New Cases Drops Below 19,000 – But Public are Not Reporting Positive RAT Tests

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    The NZ Ministry of Health reports 18,833 new COVID-19 cases recorded on Saturday, with five more deaths of patients who were Covid positive. Five deaths were also recorded on Friday taking NZs total death toll since the beginning of the global pandemic to 68.

    The daily number of new cases is a decrease, down from recent days where the daily number has been above 20,000.

    However Health Chief Dr Ashley Bloomfield said people are not reporting positive results from rapid antigen tests – and says this could be the reason for the apparent dip in numbers.

    There are 10 people in ICU among almost 600 people being treated in hospital and the average age of those in hospital is 52.

    Location of Saturdays new community cases (PCR & RAT): Northland (483), Auckland (9,789), Waikato (1,575), Bay of Plenty (1,222), Lakes (459), Hawke’s Bay (327), MidCentral (417), Whanganui (95), Taranaki (264), Tairāwhiti (153), Wairarapa (94), Capital and Coast (1,308), Hutt Valley (576), Nelson Marlborough (258), Canterbury (1,170), South Canterbury (57), Southern (558), West Coast (17); Unknown (11)

    597 Total Cases in hospital:  Northland: 4; North Shore: 112; Middlemore: 188; Auckland: 153; Waikato: 53; BOP: 12; Rotorua: 16; Tairawhiti: 2; Hawke’s Bay: 7; Taranaki: 4; MidCentral: 10; Whanganui: 1; Hutt Valley: 5; Capital and Coast: 17; Nelson Marlborough: 2; Canterbury: 6; Southern: 5.

    Protestors

    The 23-day occupation of Parliament’s grounds was brought to an end on Wednesday with a major police operation, though protesters have now moved to other parts of Wellington and the surrounding region.

    Police are investigating criminal offences that occured during the protest and have established a crime scene around Parliament grounds and nearby streets.

    Vaccinations administered in New Zealand  

    • Vaccines administered to date: 4,021,003 first doses; 3,963,390 second doses; 33,876 third primary doses; 2,440,520 booster doses: 247,053 paediatric first doses and 4,456 paediatric second doses*
    • Vaccines administered yesterday: 255 first doses; 725 second doses; 84 third primary doses; 16,248 booster doses; 1,243 paediatric first doses and 241 paediatric second doses

    People vaccinated

    • All Ethnicities (percentage of eligible people aged 12+): 4,065,703 first dose (96.6%); 4,006,235 second dose (95.2%), 2,442,176 boosted (72.3% of those eligible)
    • Māori (percentage of eligible people aged 12+): 519,919 first dose (91%); 500,124 second dose (87.6%), 210,194 boosted (60.2% of those eligible)
    • Pacific Peoples (percentage of eligible people aged 12+): 281,093 first dose (98.1%); 275,195 second dose (96%), 125,679 boosted (59.1% of those eligible)
    • 5 to 11-year-olds all ethnicities: 246,919 first dose (51.8%); 4,408 second dose (0.9%)
    • 5 to 11-year-olds – Māori: 37,134 first dose (32.1%); 722 second dose (0.6%)
    • 5 to 11-year-olds – Pacific Peoples: 21,825 first dose (44.2%); 531 second dose (1.1%)