12 Feb 2024

Covid-19 update: 5878 new cases, 15 deaths

2:51 pm on 12 February 2024
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Covid-19 cases have risen since last week as New Zealand comes out of the fifth wave of the virus.

There have been 5878 new cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand over the week to Sunday, and 15 further deaths attributed to the virus.

Of the new cases, 1360 were probable cases and 3807 were reinfections.

There were 245 cases in hospital. Latest intensive care figures were not listed on the ministry's website.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases was 838 per day.

Last week, Te Whatu Ora reported 5555 new cases and 20 deaths.

Last week, a new study published in Vaccine reported that vaccines against Covid-19 saved an estimated 4000-12,000 lives in New Zealand during the Omicron phase of the pandemic.

The authors said New Zealand's elimination strategy meant most people were able to be vaccinated before being exposed to the virus, and there were fewer hospitalisations.

Aotearoa had one of the lowest Covid-19 mortality rates in the world.

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