Sunday April 24

There are 5,662 new cases of Covid-19 today.

Of these, 203 are in Northland, 1,455 are in Auckland, 365 in Waikato, 223 in Bay of Plenty, 85 in the Lakes district, 187 in Hawke's Bay, 196 in MidCentral, 68 in Whanganui, 152 in Taranaki, 50 in Tairāwhiti, 53 in Wairarapa, 355 in Capital and Coast, 191 in Hutt Valley, 224 in Nelson Marlborough, 978 in Canterbury, 128 in South Canterbury, 666 in the Southern district, 81 in the West Coast and 2 in unknown locations.

The total number of active cases is 59,018.

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

The total number of confirmed cases to date is 881,481.

Hospitalisations and Covid-19 related deaths

9 people with Covid-19 have died over the past nine days, bringing the publicly reported total to date to 674. 

Of the people whose deaths we are reporting today, one person was from the Auckland region; one from Waikato; two from Bay of Plenty; one from Lakes; one from Nelson-Marlborough; and three from the Canterbury region.

One person was in their 50s; one in their 60s; one in their 70s; one in their 80s and five people were over 90.

Four were male and five were female.

There are 490 people in hospital, with 20 of those people in intensive care or high dependency units.

The average age of people currently in hospital is 60.


1,568 PCR tests and 10,126 rapid antigen tests 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. 


96.4 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.

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


Top image: A supermarket operating during the pandemic. Photo: Daria Nipot/iStock Images


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