COVID-19 media conference — 17 August 2022

Watch the latest update on our response to COVID-19.

The COVID-19 media briefing starts at 12pm.


  • Dr Andrew Old, Deputy-Director General and head of the Public Health Agency

  • Dr Pete Watson, Interim National Medical Director, Te Whatu Ora — Health New Zealand

  • Riana Manuel, Chief Executive, Ta Aka Whai Ora — Māori Health Authority

Today's COVID-19 numbers

  • 4,489 new community cases
  • 496 cases in hospital
  • 3,975 7-day rolling average of community cases
  • 28,940 active cases (community and border)
  • 10,671 total RATs reported in the last 24 hours
  • 3,731 total PCR tests in the last 24 hours

COVID-19 data and statistics

Update from the Ministry of Health

Today we are reporting 4,489 community cases and 496 current hospitalisations.

The 7-day rolling average of community case numbers today is 3,975 – last Wednesday, it was 4,938.

The 7-day rolling average of hospitalisations is 541 – last Wednesday, it was 630.

There are now a total of 1,794 deaths confirmed as attributable to COVID-19, either as the underlying cause of death or as a contributing factor. The 7-day rolling average increase in total deaths attributable to COVID-19 is now 12.

Read the full update on today's cases | Ministry of Health (external link)

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