Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: 5933 community cases, 10 deaths today

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There are ten new deaths from Covid-19 in New Zealand. The country recorded 5,933 new cases in the past 24 hours. / Video: NZ Herald

There are ten new deaths from Covid-19 in New Zealand.

The country recorded 5,933 new cases in the past 24 hours.

There are 537 people hospitalized with Covid, including 20 in intensive care.

The latest figures mean the seven-day moving average of cases continues to fall, with today’s seven-day moving average at 8,170 – down from 10,543 last Sunday.

The number of cases in New Zealand continues to fall, overall, but the number is expected to continue to fluctuate for some time.

The Department of Health stressed in today’s statement that some of its usual breakdowns of case numbers are not available, due to the Easter bank holiday.

Ten new Covid deaths reported

Today’s ten Covid deaths bring the total number of publicly reported deaths with Covid-19 in New Zealand to 586 – and the seven-day rolling average of reported deaths to 14.
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“This is a very sad time for whānau and his friends and our thoughts are with them,” the health ministry said in a statement.

Warning to Easter holidaymakers

The ministry reminds holidaymakers across the country that they should have plans in place in case they contract Covid-19 while away from home, or in case they become a household contact of a Covid case.

The need to self-isolate wherever they are on vacation could result in additional costs for people traveling for Easter.

“You would need to self-isolate and likely stay wherever you test positive or become a household contact, so there may be additional costs associated with paying for additional accommodation and changing your travel plans,” the ministry said in a statement.

According to the ministry, holidaymakers can do three things to protect themselves and those around them: ensure their vaccinations are up to date, wear a mask and stay home if they feel unwell or while awaiting the results of a Covid test. -19.

Changes to border cases

From Monday, new arrivals to New Zealand who test positive for Covid-19 within seven days of arrival will be reported as a border case – changing the current definition of within 14 days.

Any recent arrivals that test positive after seven days will now be reported as a community case.

Vaccination numbers

There were 17 first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine administered across New Zealand yesterday, along with 62 second doses, a third primary dose. A total of 825 people received a booster dose yesterday, while 54 first pediatric doses and 564 second pediatric doses were also given.

To date, 4,026,184 first doses of vaccine have been administered in New Zealand, along with 3,976,757 second doses; 31,684 third primary doses; 2,613,123 booster doses; 260,497 first pediatric doses and 104,764 second pediatric doses

Hospitalizations

Of the 537 cases currently hospitalized with Covid-19, 45 are in Northland, 80 in Waitemata, 80 in Auckland, 77 in Manukau counties, 32 in Waikato and 27 in Bay of Plenty.

A total of 54 people are in hospital with Covid-19 in Canterbury and 31 in the south.

The rest of the hospitalizations are in Lakes (8), Tairāwhiti (1), Hawke’s Bay (8), Taranaki (12), Whanganui (3), MidCentral (19), Wairarapa (3), Hutt Valley (24), Capital and Coast (16), Nelson Marlborough (9), South Canterbury (6) and West Coast (2).

On testing, the health ministry reported 1,162 PCR tests in the past 24 hours, along with 5,825 rapid antigen tests (RATs). The weekly rolling average for PCR tests is currently 2,359.

In the past seven days, as of April 14, 3.2 million RATs have been sent

There are also 52 new border cases today.

There are currently 57,159 active cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand.

Since the start of the pandemic, New Zealand has now recorded 822,643 cases.

earlier today

The Department of Health will release the latest Covid figures today as Kiwis continue to travel across the country for the Easter holidays.

There were 13,636 new community cases of Covid-19 and 30 other virus-related deaths reported yesterday, relating to the previous 48 hours.

There was no government statement on Covid figures on Good Friday.

New Zealand moved to the less restrictive amber traffic light pandemic response setting at 11:59 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, in time for the Easter holiday.

As people take advantage of the long weekend across the country, there is no indoor or outdoor capacity limit. Sitting rules have also been removed.

However, masks are still required at certain gatherings and events, convenience businesses such as hairdressers and retail stores. The seven-day isolation requirement for positive cases remains.

Health officials have previously warned that if people catch Covid while on the road, they may need to self-isolate wherever they test positive or become a household contact.

“There may be additional costs associated with paying for additional accommodation and changing your travel plans,” the ministry said.

If a case had used their own vehicle to travel, they could return home to self-isolate, but had to take public health measures to ensure they did not infect anyone on the way home.

This included maintaining social distancing and using self-service gas stations, the ministry said.

However, if a person had used public transport or traveled between islands, they would not be able to self-isolate at home.

It was important for people to have a plan and the ability to isolate where they were vacationing, if they needed to, the ministry said.

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