Friday April 29

There are 8,242 new cases of Covid-19 today.

Of these, 233 are in Northland, 2,446 are in Auckland, 483 in Waikato, 265 in Bay of Plenty, 143 in the Lakes district, 283 in Hawke's Bay, 313 in MidCentral, 118 in Whanganui, 184 in Taranaki, 68 in Tairāwhiti, 78 in Wairarapa, 542 in Capital and Coast, 196 in Hutt Valley, 284 in Nelson Marlborough, 1,462 in Canterbury, 150 in South Canterbury, 888 in the Southern district, 103 in the West Coast and 3 in unknown locations.

The total number of active cases is 52,771.

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 7,540. Last Friday it was 8,166.

The total number of confirmed cases to date is 920,728.

Hospitalisations and Covid-19 related deaths

14 people with Covid-19 have died over the past seven days apart from three deaths between April 12 and April 17. This brings the publicly reported total to date to 737. 

Of the people whose deaths we are reporting today, two from Auckland, one from Bay of Plenty, one from Waikato, one from Taranaki, one from Taranaki, one from Whanganui, one from MidCentral, one from the Wellington region, five from Canterbury and one from Southern.

One was in their 50s, two were in their 70s, seven in their 80s, and four were over 90.

6 were male and 8 were female.

There are 480 people in hospital, with 15 of those people in intensive care or high dependency units.

The average age of people currently in hospital is 59.


4,040 PCR tests and 16,472 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. 


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

Top image: Student wearing a mask while getting a ride to school. (File photo) Source: Stock photo/Getty Images

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