Update on COVID-19 cases — 18 May 2022

Read today's update on COVID-19 cases from the Ministry of Health.

Today's COVID-19 numbers

  • 9,570 new community cases
  • 425 cases in hospital
  • 56,146 active community cases
  • 17,429 total RATs in the last 24 hours
  • 3,579 total PCR tests in the last 24 hours

Update from the Ministry of Health

Today we are reporting 9,570 community cases, 425 hospitalisations and 32 deaths.

The seven-day rolling average of community case numbers is 8,024 — last Wednesday it was 7,533.

COVID-19 deaths

Today we are sadly reporting the deaths of 32 people with COVID-19. The total number of deaths is up by 31 from yesterday as we have removed a case which had been previous reported twice. This case was initially reported on 10 March.

The deaths being reported today include people who have died over the previous 6 weeks, since 5 April.

These deaths take the total number of publicly reported deaths with COVID-19 to 1,017 and the 7-day rolling average of reported deaths is 17.

Of the people whose deaths we are reporting today — 2 people were from Northland, 9 from the Auckland region, 2 from Bay of Plenty, 2 from Taranaki, 1 from Tairawhiti, 4 from MidCentral, 2 from Hawke’s Bay, 3 from the Wellington region, 1 from Nelson-Marlborough, 4 from Canterbury and 2 from Southern.

One person was in their 20s, 4 people were in their 40s, 2 in their 50s, 4 in their 60s, 9 in their 70s, 9 in their 80s and 3 were aged over 90.

Of these people, 10 were women and 22 were men.

This is a very sad time for whānau and friends and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this time.

Out of respect, we will be making no further comment on these deaths.

Read the full update on today's cases | health.govt.nz (external link)

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