Update on COVID-19 cases — 5 May 2022

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

Today's COVID-19 numbers

  • 8,609 new community cases
  • 97 new cases identified at the border
  • 386 cases in hospital
  • 4,311 total PCR tests in the last 24 hours
  • 16,107 total RATs in the last 24 hours
  • 1,083 booster doses administered yesterday

Update from the Ministry of Health

Today’s 7-day rolling average of community case numbers is 7,684 — last Thursday it was 7,705 .

The number of community cases today is an important reminder that we all continue to have a part to play in minimising the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Please continue to follow public health advice to stay at home, away from school or work if you are feeling unwell.

Another way to protect yourself, your whānau and friends is to get vaccinated, if you are not already. It is free and available for everyone aged 5 and over.

Vaccination remains our best defence against COVID-19, and a booster — in addition to first and second doses — gives you greater immunity against Omicron and severe illness. There is a much lower risk of being hospitalised if you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations.

So, if you or your whānau are due for a COVID-19 vaccination — whether it be a first or second dose or a booster — please, make an appointment today.

COVID-19 deaths

Today we are sadly reporting the deaths of 20 people with COVID-19. The deaths being reported today include 18 people who have died over the past 5 days and an additional 2 people who have died since 24 April.

Delays to reporting can be associated with people dying with COVID-19, rather than from COVID-19, and COVID being discovered only after they have died.

These deaths take the total number of publicly reported deaths with COVID-19 to 821 and the 7-day rolling average of reported deaths is 14.

Of the people whose deaths we are reporting today, 3 people were from Auckland; 1 from Waikato; 5 from Bay of Plenty; 2  from Hawke’s Bay; 1 from the Greater Wellington region; 1 from Nelson-Marlborough, 5 from Canterbury and 2 from Southern.

One person was under 10; 1 in their 50s, 5 in their 60s; 2 in their 70s; 7 in their 80s and 4 were aged over 90.

Of these people, 12 were female and 8 were male.

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. 

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

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