New Zealand records 6,718 cases of COVID-19 with 12 more deaths

The number of COVID cases is constantly declining in New Zealand, with around 6,718 new cases reported recently with 12 deaths related to the Covid. As per credible sources, around 604 people were admitted to the hospital with the virus, of which 22 patients are in intensive care.

The 6,718 cases are said to be the lowest reported daily tally since February 24.

Professor Michael Baker of Otago University said that they hope that this is the peak of the Omicron outbreak. He said that every district health board (DHB) – other than the South Island's West Coast – should be ensured that they have now hit or are experiencing their peak.

The death toll in New Zealand now stands at 489, with 12 newly reported deaths. The deaths reported recently are said to be including people who have died in the previous 17 days.

According to the Ministry of Health, the delays in reporting are linked to people dying with Covid-19 along with those whose infections were discovered after the death.

The age of people who died were between 40s and 90s; six were men, and six were women. Moreover, the seven-day continuing average of the deaths reported is 13.

The Ministry further said that these are very hard times for whānau and friends and their condolences and thoughts are with them. The Ministry did not make comments further.

The average number of cases is constantly falling, and the Ministry said that this is inspiring; however, testing and reporting were lower generally over the weekend.

Compared to last week’s cases of 13,543, this week's seven-day rolling average of the community cases is around 10,543.

Moreover, there are around 71,125 active community cases of Covid-19. The DHBs with the most cases are Southern (7,847), Canterbury (11,683), Waitematā (4,956) and Waikato (6,111).

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