Update on COVID-19 cases — 8 August 2022

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

Today's COVID-19 numbers

  • 4,006 new community cases
  • 654 cases in hospital
  • 5,288 7-day rolling average of community cases
  • 37,007 active community cases
  • 7,278 total RATs reported in the last 24 hours
  • 1,972 total PCR tests in the last 24 hours

COVID-19 data and statistics

Update from the Ministry of Health

Today we are reporting 4,006 community cases and 654 current hospitalisations.

The 7-day rolling average of community case numbers today is 5,288. Last Monday it was 6,990.

There are now a total of 1,638 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 14.

Update to reported vaccination rates

COVID-19’s vaccination data is currently undergoing a technical update, which will mean some changes in reported vaccination rates. These will be routinely published from Wednesday (10 August), in line with our normal weekly reporting cycle.

These changes are the result of Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand moving to using 2021 Health System User (HSU) data, replacing the 2020 HSU data that has been previously used.

As a result, we will be adding a larger group of New Zealanders to the list of those who are eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations, as part of improvements to the vaccination programme.

Moving to the 2021 HSU data will mean a technical decrease in reported vaccination rates overall because of the larger number of eligible New Zealanders being identified.

However, they will make no difference to the total number of New Zealanders vaccinated, which remains the same and will continue to increase as more people are vaccinated.

This decrease in the overall vaccine rate is because, while we have the same number of people vaccinated, we are now dividing that number by a larger group of eligible people.

This larger group now includes people who have used health services during the 2021 calendar year, that were not captured in the 2020 HSU data.

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

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