COVID-19 media conference — 22 June 2022

Watch the latest update on our response to COVID-19 at 12:20pm.

The COVID-19 media briefing starts at 12:20pm.


  • Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield
  • Minister of COVID-19 Response Dr Ayesha Verrall

Watch the livestream below.

Today's COVID-19 numbers

  • 5,499 new community cases
  • 334 cases in hospital
  • 34,091 active community cases
  • 11,791 total RATs reported in the last 24 hours
  • 2,949 total PCR tests in the last 24 hours

Update from the Ministry of Health

COVID-19 deaths

Today we are sadly reporting the deaths of 18 people with COVID-19. 15 deaths of the reported occurred in the past 3 days, and 3 occurred since 13 June 2022.

Today’s reported deaths take the total number of publicly reported deaths with COVID-19 to 1,450 and the seven-day rolling average of reported deaths is 13.

Of the people whose deaths we are reporting today; 3 were from the Auckland region, 1 from Waikato, 1 from MidCentral, 5 were from the Wellington region, 2 were from Nelson-Marlborough, 3 were from Canterbury, 1 was from South Canterbury, and 2 were from Southern.

1 person was in 50s, 1 was in their 60s, 3 were in their 70s, 8 were in their 80s and 5 were aged over 90. Of these people, 8 were male and 10 were female.

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

Matariki weekend reminder

The long weekend is always an ideal time to get away and relax with whānau and friends. If you are going away, please remember to have plans in place in the event you contract COVID-19 or are identified as a Household Contact of a case.

You would need to self-isolate and likely remain wherever you test positive or become a Household Contact, so there may be extra costs involved in paying for additional accommodation and changing your travel plans.

If you have used your own vehicle to travel, you can travel back to your home to isolate, taking public health measures to ensure you don’t infect anyone on your way home – such as maintaining social distance (distancing yourself from others), wearing your mask correctly, making sure you keep your hands clean and dry and using self-service petrol stations if you need to refuel your vehicle.

However, if you have used public transport or travelled between islands, you won’t be able to travel to isolate at your home. So it is important you have a plan and the ability to isolate where you are holidaying if you need to do so.

As with all variants of Omicron, the public health advice remains the same. Getting your booster remains one of the best defences against COVID-19. Stay home if you’re unwell, get tested if you are symptomatic, wash and dry your hands, cover coughs and sneezes, wear a mask in crowded or poorly ventilated indoor public settings and get vaccinated.

If you get COVID-19 while travelling

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