In a statement this afternoon, the health ministry said there were 2,618 new community cases to report — the lowest number since Feb. 21, when the first wave of the Covid variant, Omicron, began to strike.
There are 117 new cases of Covid but no deaths to report in the southern DHB area.
While the reported numbers fall over the weekend, the seven-day moving average of community cases today is 4302, down from 5441 this time last week.
The ministry also reported 11 new deaths of people with Covid, as well as 557 people hospitalized, including 15 in intensive care or a high-dependency unit.
The latest deaths included one person in their 50s, one in their 60s, five in their 70s, one in their 80s and three over the age of 90. Four were women and seven men.
Three dead were from the Auckland area, one from Bay of Plenty, two from Hawke’s Bay, one from MidCentral, three from Canterbury, one from South Canterbury.
The total number of deaths confirmed as attributable to Covid-19 was not updated today and remains at 1750. The next update will be Tuesday, the ministry said.
Total number 557: North Country: 26; Countdown: 74; Provinces of Manukau: 62; Auckland: 62; Waikato: 75; Bay of Plenty: 19; Lakes: 10; Hawke’s Bay: 43; Middle Central: 12; Width: 9; Taranaki: 5; Oriental: 1; Watermelon: 9; Capital & Coast 17; cabin: 9; Nelson Marlborough: 6; Canterbury 76; West Coast: 4; South Canterbury: 14; South: 24.
– RNZ and ODT online