19 Dec 2023

Covid hospitalisations expected to peak this week

From Morning Report, 7:44 am on 19 December 2023

New modelling suggests hospitalisations from the country's latest Covid-19 wave will peak this week.

There have been 7,417 new cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand last week with a further 27 further deaths attributed to the virus.

Meanwhile, the new JN.1 Covid variant is on the rise and New Zealand's supply of the antiviral medication Paxlovid are running low.

Professor Nikki Turner is the director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre at the University of Auckland.

Turner spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.