Covid-19: 2618 community cases, 557 hospitalizations, 15 in ICU

There were 3,650 new reported community cases of Covid-19 in Aotearoa on Saturday.

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There were 3,650 new reported community cases of Covid-19 in Aotearoa on Saturday.

There are 2618 new reported cases of COVID-19 in Aoteaora on Friday, the health ministry said.

There are 15 people in intensive care and 557 hospitalizations.

The seven-day moving average of the number of community cases is 4302 today – last Sunday it was 5441.

According to the ministry, a total of 1750 deaths have now been confirmed as attributable to Covid-19 deaths where Covid-19 is either the underlying cause of death or a contributing factor.

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Earlier in the week, Covid-19 Response Minister Ayesha Verrall confirmed the country would do that stick to the orange traffic light setting.

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Covid-19 Response Minister Dr. Ayesha Verrall confirmed there would be no change in traffic light settings.

Verrall said there was still “significant pressure” on hospitals of winter sickness although it was thought that Covid-19 cases may have reached about 11,000 cases per day by mid-July.

“Our response to Omicron is moving in the right direction, but if we relax the institutions before we are fully on top of it, we run the risk of infections rising again,” she said. “We just have to stay on track a little longer.”

There will be no changes to the business isolation and household contact quarantine requirements and the next assessment setting will be in September.

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