Sunday May 22

There are 4,990 new cases of Covid-19 today.

Of these, 140 are in Northland, 1,693 are in Auckland, 353 in Waikato, 165 in Bay of Plenty, 88 in the Lakes district, 166 in Hawke's Bay, 182 in MidCentral, 62 in Whanganui, 137 in Taranaki, 27 in Tairāwhiti, 58 in Wairarapa, 351 in Capital and Coast, 134 in Hutt Valley, 165 in Nelson Marlborough, 799 in Canterbury, 84 in South Canterbury, 344 in the Southern district, 36 in the West Coast and 6 in unknown locations.

The total number of active cases is 55,565.

The Ministry of Health defines active cases as those identified in the last seven days and not yet classified as recovered.

Today's seven-day rolling average is 7,863. Last Sunday it was 7,608.

The total number of confirmed cases to date is 1,094,659.

Hospitalisations and Covid-19 related deaths

10 people with Covid-19 have died. This brings the publicly reported total to date to 1,055. 

Of the people whose deaths we are reporting today, two from Auckland, one from Northland, one from Taranaki, one from Cantebury, and one from the Souther region.

Two were in their 70s, six in their 80s, and two were over 90.

9 were male and 1 was female.

There are 379 people in hospital, with 9 of those people in intensive care or high dependency units.

The average age of people currently in hospital is 62.


2,416 PCR tests and 9,405 rapid antigen tests (RATs) have been taken in the past 24 hours.

If you take a RAT you must report the result, positive or negative. This can be done online through My Covid Record, or by calling 0800 222 478 between 8am and 8pm. 


96.3 percent of New Zealand's eligible population have had the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and 95.2 percent have had a second dose.

70.7 percent of the eligible population have had a booster shot.

Top image: Man wearing double face mask and waiting for the covid-19 vaccination September 20 2021. (File image) Photo: Janice Chen/iStock


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