Sunday April 17

There are 5,933 new cases of Covid-19 today.

Of these, 293 are in Northland, 1,244 are in Auckland, 425 in Waikato, 245 in Bay of Plenty, 110 in the Lakes district, 184 in Hawke's Bay, 268 in MidCentral, 103 in Whanganui, 192 in Taranaki, 29 in Tairāwhiti, 63 in Wairarapa, 385 in Capital and Coast, 230 in Hutt Valley, 201 in Nelson Marlborough, 1,031 in Canterbury, 154 in South Canterbury, 706 in the Southern district, 67 in the West Coast and 3 in unknown locations.

The total number of active cases is 57,159.

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 of new cases is 8,170 – last Sunday it was 10,543.

Hospitalisations and Covid-19 related deaths

10 people with Covid-19 have died, bringing the total to date to 586.

Age and location breakdowns of the people who have died over the past two days are unavailable today.

There are 537 people in hospital, with 20 of those people in intensive care or high dependency units.

The average age of people currently in hospital is 58.

Yesterday there was an error of the number of people hospitalised in the Bay of Plenty. It should have been 27, rather than 17.

The number of cases in hospital by district health board are: Northland: 45; Waitemata: 80; Auckland: 80; Counties Manukau: 77; Waikato: 32; Bay of Plenty: 27; Lakes: 8; Tairāwhiti: 1; Hawke’s Bay: 8; Taranaki: 12; Whanganui: 3; MidCentral: 19; Wairarapa: 3; Hutt Valley: 24; Capital and Coast: 16; Nelson Marlborough: 9; Canterbury: 54; South Canterbury: 6; West Coast: 2; Southern: 31


There have been 1,162 PCR tests in the last 24 hours.

There have been 5,825 Rapid Antigen Tests reported in the last 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.  


96.4 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. 

Top image: Travellers arrive at Auckland International Airport. Photo: Fiona Goodall/Getty Images


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