10 Oct 2022

Covid-19 update: 11,205 new cases this week, 25 virus-related deaths, 134 in hospital

1:38 pm on 10 October 2022
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There are 11,205 new community cases of Covid-19 in the country in the last week, the Ministry of Health is reporting.

Hospitals are caring for 134 people who are battling the virus, and four of them are receiving intensive care treatment.

In the last week, two deaths were linked to Covid-19.

See RNZ's full data: Visualisations of Covid-19 figures

Of the 25 people whose deaths were reported today, six were from the Auckland region, five were from Waikato, two were from Bay of Plenty, one was from Tairawhiti, one was from Taranaki, two were from MidCentral, two were from Canterbury, two were from West Coast and four were from Southern.

Three were in their 60s, five were in their 70s, 11 were in their 80s and six were aged over 90. Of these people, nine were women and 16 were men.

Last week 9975 new cases of Covid-19 were reported, and 9809 the week before that.

There were 33 deaths reported in last week's briefing that were linked to Covid-19, and 54 deaths reported for the week earlier.

A week ago there were 111 people in hospital with the virus, including seven in intensive care, and 166 people in hospital the week before, of which 8 were in intensive care.

Schools have reported large numbers pupils with serious truancy issues, with some saying some families had just "gone missing" and dropped off the radar.

Principals' Federation President Cherie Taylor-Patel said huge efforts had gone into bringing many of those back to school, but after the protests at parliament many families had an increased distrust for society, and were reluctant to put their kids back into school.

Local body elections held on Saturday resulted in less than a dozen'disinformation' campaigners being elected.

The government has released its latest child poverty report, which it said shows there have been some gains in improving the problem, despite the pandemic.

* This story was updated after the Ministry of Health amended the weekly community case figures.

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