29 Aug 2022

Covid-19 update: 1653 new community cases and six further deaths

1:17 pm on 29 August 2022

There are 1653 new cases of Covid-19 in the community today and six further deaths, the Ministry of Health says.

Covid-19 antigen tests underway with the buffer solution being dripped into the test area of the results strip

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There are also 341 people in hospital, including three in ICU.

In a statement, the ministry said the seven-day rolling average of community case numbers today is 2425 - last Monday it was 3655.

The seven-day rolling average of hospitalisations today is 351 - last Monday it was 472.

On the deaths being reported today, four were from the Auckland region, one was from the Wellington region and one was from Southern.

One was in their 60s, one was in their 70s, two were in their 80s and two were aged over 90.

Five were women and one was a male.

There are now a total of 1869 deaths confirmed as attributable to Covid-19, either as the underlying cause of death or as a contributing factor.

And in the past seven days there have been an average of six deaths confirmed each day as being attributable to Covid-19.

"This is a very sad time for whānau and friends of those who have died and our thoughts and condolences are with them."

The Ministry of Health no longer provides daily Covid-19 updates on Saturday and Sunday, and has published the daily case numbers for those days today.

On Sunday, 1304 cases were detected in New Zealand.

On Saturday, there were 2141 cases identified.

Of the 1653 cases reported today, 96 people had recently travelled overseas.

Over the weekend, there were 228 new cases at the border.

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