30 May 2022

Covid-19 update: 5836 new cases and five deaths reported in the community

1:14 pm on 30 May 2022

Another five people with Covid-19 have died and another 5836 cases have been identified in the community, the Ministry of Health has reported.

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There are 403 people in hospital with the coronavirus, the ministry said in a statement. That compares with 283 people in hospital, with four in ICU, in the update yesterday.

There were also nine more deaths and 4841 community cases of the virus announced yesterday.

The total number of publicly reported deaths of people with Covid-19 is now 1154.

Of the five deaths reported today; two were from the Auckland region, one was from Taranaki, one from Canterbury, and one was the Southern region.

One person was in their 70s, three were in their 80s and one was over 90. Of these, three were male and two were female.

Covid-19 is also having an impact on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's trade mission to the United States.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade chief executive and secretary Chris Seed had already reported as positive.

Ardern's chief press secretary Andrew Campbell has also been confirmed as a positive case and has remained in San Francisco.

The rest of the delegation, including Ardern, are en route to Washington DC where she is due to meet with President Joe Biden on Wednesday.

On Friday the government announced plans for a second booster vaccine dose for vulnerable people, including aged care residents and those in disability care facilities.

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