There are 6,984 new community cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand today.
The Department of Health reported 8 more Covid-related deaths.
There are 417 people hospitalized with the virus, including 7 in intensive care.
The Department of Health today warned that traditional winter illnesses were circulating in the community with Covid. This put considerable pressure on all components of the health system.
Today’s deaths included one person in their 50s, two in their 60s, three in their 80s and two over the age of 90.
One person was from Waikato, three from the Wellington region, one from Canterbury, one from South Canterbury and two from the South region.
All of the deaths occurred in the past week.
The seven-day rolling average of community cases today is 6,422.
The distribution across New Zealand of those hospitalized is as follows: Northland, 3; Waitemata, 88; Manukau Counties, 40; Auckland, 55; Waikato, 32; Bay of Plenty, 10; lakes, 20; Hawke’s Bay. 14; Taranaki. 11; Wanganui. 3; Central midfield, 12; Wairarapa, 9 years old; Hut Valley. 11; Capital and Coast. 30; Nelson Malborough. 9; Canterbury. 41; Canterbury South, 3 and South, 26.
The ministry said there were 211 people who had returned positive Covid results who had recently traveled abroad.
There are currently 44,943 active cases in New Zealand.
The ministry said health services had forecast a difficult winter and were working regionally to manage capacity and demand, prioritizing urgent care and providing as much planned care as possible.
“It helps our health services if everyone does their part to help us get through the winter. The best thing New Zealanders can do to make sure they and their families don’t end up in the hospital is to be up to date with their flu and Covid19 vaccinations and boosters,” the ministry said.
“We want to remind people to maintain good public health habits; to wear a mask; to physically distance; to practice good hand hygiene; and not to go out if you feel unwell, but do test and report the result yourself – whether positive or negative – on My Covid Record.This helps us understand the spread of Covid-19 and where to direct our public health resources.
We also urge whānau to develop a winter plan so family members know what to do if they feel unwell. And to get a winter wellness kit which might include painkillers, a thermometer, tissues, cold and flu medicine, enough food and household items for a few days, and a good supply of regular medication you or your whanau will need.
The ministry would like to acknowledge the hard work of health workers across the motu, especially at this time of high pressure on the system. The work you do is important and valued.
We urge all New Zealanders, if they face delays in accessing health services, to be patient and kind to their local health workers. Often, delays are caused by medical professionals treating a more seriously ill person first.
Yesterday there were 7423 new cases of Covid in the community and a further 19 deaths were reported.
There were 411 people hospitalized with the virus, including six in intensive care.
Health Minister Ayesha Verrall gave an update on traffic light settings yesterday and announced additional measures.
“Going back to red is not necessary at this time. We can continue to manage the virus on orange, but we are putting in place a series of additional measures to help manage a recent increase in cases,” Verrall said.
As hospitals are under pressure from flu and Covid and numbers start to rise again, a range of additional measures have been put in place to help reduce the spread, she said.
Fifty children’s masks would be made available to every student in grades 4 to 7 in New Zealand.
An additional 20,000 to 30,000 masks per week would be provided to all other students and school staff. Additional funding would be made available to schools and early childhood services to support better ventilation during the winter months.
The government has also made changes to reinfection advice. Anyone who has had symptoms 29 days or more after a previous infection should be tested and self-isolate if they return a positive result.
“This is a change from previous advice which was that people would not need to retest if they had tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 90 days and is based on the latest evidence. international standards and the need to quickly isolate people with reinfections.
“However, household contacts who have had Covid-19 within 90 days will not need to self-isolate, unless they are symptomatic. There is clear and up-to-date advice on what they should do to reduce risk to themselves and others.”
Verrall said while reinfections were low at the moment, they were likely to increase.
Meanwhile, Acting Prime Minister Grant Robertson has tested positive for Covid-19.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister – who leads the country on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s trip to Europe – revealed his infection in an Instagram post yesterday.
“I guess it had to happen eventually! Fairly mild symptoms, but I’ll try to do the right thing and get some rest,” he said.
“Still Acting Prime Minister while I’m calm (some would say questionable at the best of times!) But grateful to my colleagues for stepping in for the House and meetings today,” he said. posted it this morning.