Ministry health

Covid-19: 20 deaths and 14 175 new community case

The Ministry of Health made state Saturday 20 deaths and 14,175 new cases of community Covid-19.

The total number of Covid deaths in New Zealand is now at 254, with a moving average over seven days to 13.

There are 841 people hospitalized with the virus, of which 27 are in intensive or high dependency care units.

Among the deceased, one was aged 40, a 50, three 60 years, five of 70, six 80 years old and three 90 years.

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On Friday, 15,871 new cases of community Covid-19 have been reported.  (File photo)

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On Friday, 15,871 new cases of community Covid-19 have been reported. (File photo)

In a statement, the Department of Health said it was encouraging to see a decrease in the number of people hospitalized with Covid-19.

“This is due to a decrease in hospitalizations in Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty, some of the first areas to be affected by Omicron.”

The moving average seven-day community event now stands at 16 943. This number was 17,641 last Saturday.

At a press conference on Friday, the clinical director of the Northern Regional Health Coordination Centre, Dr Andrew Old, said the deaths were a reminder that New Zealanders needed to remain vigilant.

He said that despite the drop in cases during the last week, “tens of thousands” will continue to contract Covid.

Old advised people to ‘keep wearing the mask’, stay alert and prepare for winter, where the combination of Covid-19 with flu and other illnesses would create significant pressure on health services .

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