Wednesday March 23

There are 20,087 new cases of Covid-19 today and 11 people with Covid-19 have died.

Of these, 727 are in Northland, 4,122 in Auckland, 1,726 in Waikato, 1,290 in Bay of Plenty, 505 in the Lakes district, 1,064 in Hawke's Bay, 919 in MidCentral, 388 in Whanganui, 679 in Taranaki, 339 in Tairāwhiti, 276 in Wairarapa, 1,259 in Capital and Coast, 720 in the Hutt Valley, 584 in Nelson Marlborough, 3,468 in Canterbury, 319 in South Canterbury, 1,631 in Southern, 56 in the West Coast and 15 in unknown locations.

The total number of active cases is 119,766.

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

Hospitalisations and Covid-19 related deaths

11 people with Covid-19 have died, bringing the total of publicly reported deaths to date to 210.

Of these 11 people who have died, two are from Northland, five are from the Auckland region, one is from Bay of Plenty and three are from the Wellington region.

One of these people was in their 30s, one in their 60s, one in their 70s, four people were in their 80s and four people in their 90s.

Six were men and five were women.

The seven-day rolling average of reported deaths is 9.

The Ministry of Health reports on deaths of all people who die within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19.

There are 960 people in hospital, with 31 of those people in intensive care or high dependency units.

The average age of people currently in hospital is 59.


As of Tuesday, 15.7 million Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) have been dispatched.

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. 


96.3 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.

72.8 percent of the country's eligible population have had their booster dose.

Top image: People in Wellington waiting in line for a Covid-19 test. (File photo) Photo: Michael Madden-Smith/Re: News

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