Wednesday March 9

The Ministry of Health says four people with Covid-19 have died and today, there are 22,545 new community cases of Covid-19. 

Of these cases there are 716 in Northland, 8,529 in Auckland, 2,109 in Waikato, 1,427 in Bay of Plenty, 633 in Lakes, 707 in Hawke’s Bay, 655 in MidCentral, 202 in Whanganui, 536 in  Taranaki, 373 in Tairāwhiti, 166 in Wairarapa, 1,879 in Capital and Coast, 1,062 in Hutt Valley, 452 in Nelson Marlborough, 2,024 in Canterbury, 120 in South Canterbury, 835 in Southern, 20 in West Coast and 9 in unknown locations. 

The Ministry of Health previously reported that today Auckland represents 56 percent of the total new cases – down from 61 percent of total new cases a week ago.

This is incorrect and the ministry updated their statement around 4pm to say that recent analysis shows from February 27 to March 5, 56 percent of the total new cases were in the Auckland region. This is down from 61 per cent in our previous analysis, which covered 24 February 24 to March 2.

“This number is still high and the outbreak is still very active in the Auckland region, but numbers have levelled off there in the last week. We will know in the next few days if this signals that the outbreak has peaked there,” the Ministry of Health said. 


There are currently 742 people with Covid-19 in hospital, 19 of them are in ICU or HDU. 

The Ministry of Health said the number of hospitalisations “remains steady”. 

“This represents 2.5 percent of current hospitalisations, around one fifth of the rate seen at the peak of the Delta outbreak when 13 percent of hospitalised people required ICU or HDU care.”


There are four deaths to report today.

Of these people, two deaths occurred in Lakes, one in Tairāwhiti, and one in Auckland's Counties Manukau.

The Ministry of Health has not released anymore information on these deaths out of respect for the families impacted. 


There have now been 2,479,546 booster doses given. 

Top image: Police at Covid-19 testing station. Photo: Re: News

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