Wednesday April 6 

There are 12,575 new cases of Covid-19 today and 15 people with the virus have died over the past four weeks.

Of these new cases, 619 are in Northland, 2,147 are in Auckland, 1,101 in Waikato, 604 in Bay of Plenty, 299 in the Lakes district, 602 in Hawke's Bay, 678 in MidCentral, 321 in Whanganui, 437 in Taranaki, 128 in Tairāwhiti, 149 in Wairarapa, 775 in Capital and Coast, 464 in Hutt Valley, 436 in Nelson Marlborough, 2,108 in Canterbury, 249 in South Canterbury, 1,368 in the Southern district, 81 in the West Coast and 9 in unknown locations.

The total number of active cases is 86,122.

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

Since the pandemic started, the total of confirmed Covid-19 cases is 728,764.

Hospitalisations and Covid-19 related deaths

15 people with Covid-19 have died, bringing the total to date to 443.

The deaths being reported today include people who have died over the previous four weeks.

Delays to reporting can be associated with people dying with Covid-19, rather than from Covid-19, and the virus being discovered only after they have died.  

The 7-day rolling average of reported deaths is 18.

Of the people whose deaths have been reported today, three people were from the Auckland region, five from Waikato, one from Taranaki, one from Whanganui, one from MidCentral, one from Nelson Marlborough, one from West Coast, one from Canterbury and one from Southern.

Two were in their 60s, two in their 70s, four in their 80s, and seven were over 90.

Six were women and nine were men.

There are 654 people in hospital, with 23 of those people in intensive care or high dependency units.

The average age of people currently in hospital is 57.


From tomorrow, young people aged 16 and 17 can receive a free booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months after completing the first two doses. 

If your second dose was six months ago you can get your booster by finding a walk-in vaccination centre here.

96.3 percent of New Zealand's eligible population have had the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and 95.1 percent have had a second dose.

72.7 percent of eligible people have had their booster shot.



The number of PCR tests taken over the past 24 hours is 7,727 and the number of Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) that have been reported in the past 24 hours is 24,520.

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. 

Top image: A woman squeezing the sample liquid on a test strip while carrying out a Covid-19 rapid self-test at home. Photo: Tang Ming Tung/Getty Images

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