2 Apr 2024

Covid-19 update: 3399 new cases, seven further deaths

2:53 pm on 2 April 2024
hands introducing nasal swab of covid antigen test into liquid in foreground

There has been a small bump in the number of people getting the new Covid-19 vaccines. Photo: 123rf.com

There have been 3399 new cases of Covid-19 reported in the past week, and seven further deaths attributed to the virus.

Of the new cases, 2068 were reinfections.

There were 168 cases in hospital; the number in intensive care was not available, the Ministry of Health said.

Canterbury was the worst affected region, followed by Capital and Coast, Waikato and Auckland.

Last Monday, 4042 new cases and 14 deaths attributed to the virus were reported for the previous week, with 162 cases in hospital.

Earlier this month, Health NZ said it no longer recommended that asymptomatic household contacts of people with Covid-19 should test daily.

There has been a small bump in the number of people getting Covid-19 vaccines since the newest one arrived last month.

Experts think Long Covid is still a worry. Teachers are the most vulnerable occupation to getting Long Covid, which can still affect people four years after catching the virus, a new study shows.

Fatigue and brain fog were found to be the most common effects. But others could be life-altering like heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome and a whole range of neurological effects.

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