Update on COVID-19 cases — 26 May 2022

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

Today's COVID-19 numbers

  • 7,591 new community cases
  • 355 cases in hospital
  • 49,645 active community cases
  • 15,586 total RATs in the last 24 hours
  • 3,814 total PCR tests in the last 24 hours

Update from the Ministry of Health

Today we are reporting 7,591 community cases, 355 hospitalisations and 16 deaths. 

The 7-day rolling average of community case numbers today is 7,095 — last Thursday, it was 7,981. 

COVID-19 deaths

Today we are sadly reporting the deaths of 16 people with COVID-19.  

These deaths take the total number of publicly reported deaths with COVID-19 to 1,102 and the 7-day rolling average of reported deaths is 12. 

Of the people whose deaths we are reporting today; 7 were from the Auckland region, 3 were from Canterbury, 3 were from the Wellington region, 1 was from Lakes, 1 was from Bay of Plenty, and 1 was from Southern. 

Two people were in their 60s, 2 were in their 70s, 8 were in their 80s, and 4 were aged over 90. 

Of these people, 9 were female and 7 were male. 

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. 

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

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