The moving average for Covid-19 cases is only slightly up from last week, but is rising faster in Auckland. Photo / Bevan Conley
There are 5,745 new community cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand today, while another 15 people with Covid have died and 384 people are in hospital, the Ministry of Health reported today.
Eight of the inmates are in intensive care.
The reported deaths today included 13 people who had died in the past two days and two people who had died since May 7.
In all, the number of publicly reported deaths of people with Covid was now 973.
The 7-day moving average of reported deaths is 16.
Of the people whose deaths were reported today; three people were from the Auckland region; two were from Waikato, one was from Taranaki, two were from the Wellington region, four were from Canterbury and three were from the south.
The seven-day moving average for community cases was 7608, up from 7510 last Sunday.
Most of the 5,745 new community cases were in Auckland, with 1925 cases.
“Today’s data is an important reminder to stay alert,” the ministry said.
“There are three actions everyone can take to help protect themselves and others from Covid-19.
“First, be up to date with vaccinations, including a booster if you haven’t had one yet.
“Secondly, wear a mask. Masks are still needed in many indoor environments. A good rule of thumb is to wear a mask in indoor public environments as we know that wearing a mask halves the risk of spreading Covid-19.
“And thirdly – stay home and avoid others if you are unwell, isolating yourself or waiting for the results of a Covid-19 test.”
There were 18 Covid-related deaths reported yesterdayand 398 people were hospitalized with the virus, including eight in intensive care.
Yesterday’s 7068 community cases brought the seven-day moving average of cases to 7595, only slightly higher than a week earlier.
But in Auckland, cases have increased by 50% in just a few weeks, which scientists say could mark the start of a nationwide climb towards a new Covid-19 normal.
Daily cases peaked in Auckland in early March at 13,252 before the combined seven-day moving average across Auckland’s three district health councils dipped below 1600 a month ago.
But earlier this week, the daily average was close to 2,500 and could reach 3,000 in the coming weeks as the virus continued to make its way through communities, modeler of Covid-19 Professor Michael Plank told the Herald this week.
“Auckland and Waitematā appear to have a stronger rebound in cases than Manukau counties, which we know had a very high infection rate at the start of the year, so a little more immunity is likely to have built up in that part. of the population”.
The city was previously identified as the place to be observed, as its outbreak was weeks ahead of the rest of the country after Omicron was detected in the community in January.
“Auckland is the place to look [first] really – the balance is starting to shift towards increasing case numbers, ”epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker said late last month when infection rates started to rise.
The general manager of health, Dr. Ashley Bloomfield notified on Friday only half of the country’s Covid infections are likely to be reported.
The country has likely reached its lowest point for cases and hospital admissions as a result of this outbreak and could be on the way back, he said.
Bloomfield said there was a risk that some people could be reinfected by Covid within 90 days of catching the virus. Officials were closely monitoring whether the new sub-variants could cause reinfection.
He urged New Zealanders to get a booster vaccine as soon as possible, noting that booster rates had stabilized at similar rates in other countries.
In all, 70.8% of eligible people received the booster vaccine, compared with 95.2% on the second dose of the vaccine.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is isolating herself later positive result at Covid-19 yesterday.
His partner Clarke Gayford tested positive on Sunday and his daughter Neve, 3, tested positive on Wednesday.
Ardern will not be able to attend two major government events in person this week, the announcement of the emission reduction plan tomorrow and the budget on Thursday.
Another Labor MP, Phil Twyford, also tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday and canceled plans to travel to East Timor for its 20th anniversary of independence celebrations.
Outbreak of Covid-19 Omicron: 15 deaths from viruses, 5,745 new community cases today
SourceOutbreak of Covid-19 Omicron: 15 deaths from viruses, 5,745 new community cases today