COVID-19 media conference — 13 April 2022

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The COVID-19 media conference starts at 1pm.


  • Minister for the COVID-19 Response Chris Hipkins

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Media conference

Today's COVID-19 numbers

  • 9,495 new community cases
  • 47 new cases identified at the border
  • 551 cases in hospital
  • 2,814 total PCR tests in the last 24 hours
  • 15,547 total RATs in the last 24 hours
  • 1,708 booster doses administered yesterday

Update from the Ministry of Health

Today we are reporting 9,495 community cases, 551 hospitalisations and 15 deaths.

The seven-day rolling average of case numbers continues to decline, with today's seven-day rolling average at 9,288 – last Wednesday it was 12,307.

The number of reported community cases is expected to continue to fluctuate day to day but the overall trend remains an overall reduction in reported cases.

Actions to protect yourself and others

There are three actions that everyone can do to help protect themselves and others.

  1. Be up to date with vaccinations, including a booster if you’ve not yet had one.
  2. Wear a mask. Masks are still required in many indoor settings. A good rule of thumb is to wear a mask in indoor public settings.
  3. Stay home and avoid others if you’re unwell.

COVID-19 deaths

Today we are sadly reporting the deaths of 15 people with COVID-19. These deaths all occurred over the past eight days, including 11 in the past two days.

These deaths take the total number of publicly reported deaths with COVID-19 to 531 and the seven-day rolling average of reported deaths is 13.

Of the people whose deaths we are reporting today, one was from Northland, four from the Auckland region, one from Waikato, one from Bay of Plenty, one from Lakes DHB area, two from MidCentral, three from Nelson Marlborough, and two from Canterbury.

One person was aged in their 40s, two in their 50s, two in their 60s, four in their 70s, five in their 80s, and one over 90.

Eight were female and seven were male.

This is a very sad time for whānau and friends and our thoughts are with them. Out of respect, we will be making no further comment. 

Read the full update from the Ministry of Health | (external link)

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