8 Jul 2022

Covid-19 update: 9318 new community cases and 23 further deaths

6:46 pm on 8 July 2022

There have been 9318 new community cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand today, and 23 further deaths.

Burgdorf, Lower Saxyony, Germany - March 28, 2021:  Covid-19 Antigen rapid tests with negative test results

Ministry of Health figures show Covid-19 reinfections are on the rise. Photo: 123rf.com

The Ministry of Health initally said there were 13,344 new cases, but in a later statement said a computer glitch double counted some cases already reported yesterday.

It said the corrected figure was around the same level as case numbers reported for the past three days.

The number of imported cases - people who have recently travelled overseas - was also affected by the same error, and the the correct figure is 275, not the 390 incorrectly published earlier today.

The Ministry said the computer glitch has now been corrected.

In the earlier statement, the Ministry of Health said with the rising numbers, it was continuing to review its response to the current community outbreak of Covid-19 and would "adapt it as the outbreak and pandemic evolve, and as part of our resurgence planning".

There were 587 people in hospital, compared to 417 this time last week, with nine in intensive care. The average age of the people in hospital is now 66.

The 23 new deaths reported today include one person in their 60s; three in their 70s, 13 in their 80s, and six aged over 90. Nine were women and 14 were men.

Seven were from Auckland region, one each from Waikato, Lakes, Bay of Plenty, Hawke's Bay, Taranaki, Tairawhiti, Whanganui and MidCentral, two were from the Wellington region, four were from Canterbury / West Coast and two from Southern.

The ministry said one of the deaths was from January last year and was now being reported after the cause of death assessment was completed.

"In some instances it can take some time for the full clinical assessments to be finalised."

The total number of deaths of people with Covid-19 in New Zealand is now 1651 and the seven-day rolling average of reported deaths is 16.

There have now been more than 1.4 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, with a total of 1,404,119 reported cases.

The increase in daily numbers over the past fortnight comes as Ministry of Health figures show Covid-19 reinfections are also on the rise.

About 14,000 New Zealanders are now known to have been infected with the virus twice, with 183 people having contracted it three times.

Yesterday saw 10,710 cases reported, and 15 deaths.

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