Wednesday December 15

There are 74 new community cases of Covid-19 today.

Of these cases, 56 are in Auckland, 9 are in Waikato, 7 in the Bay of Plenty, one in Lakes and one in Canterbury. 

The case in Canterbury was announced on Tuesday but it is included in today's count. 

A Covid-19 patient has died in Tauranga Hospital. 

The Ministry of Health says there are 15 new cases of Covid-19 in Eltham, Taranaki. However these cases will officially be added to the Ministry's Thursday case numbers. 

There are 61 people in hospital, with 4 of those people in intensive care or high dependency units.

The average age of people currently in hospital is 50.

New Zealand is 7417 doses away from being nationally 90 percent fully vaccinated. The Ministry of Health says it expects to achieve this in the next day or two.

Counties Manukau district health board is the latest district health board to reach 90 percent fully vaccinated - bringing all three Auckland metro district health boards to 90 percent or more fully vaccinated. 

There have been 4,261,042 vaccine pass downloads, including 39,859 in the last 24 hours.

About 5000 people have a week-long exemption as their My Vaccine Passes get cleared. 20,000 people who got vaccinated overseas will get an extension to January 17, 2022, while their vaccinations are verified.

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Top image: A nurse in Auckland prepares the Covid-19 vaccine on November 30, 2021. Photo: Fiona Goodall/Getty Images

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