Monday May 16

There are 7,061 new cases of Covid-19 and five people with the virus have died. 

Of these cases there are 205 in Northland, 2,413 in Auckland, 551 in Waikato, 249 in Bay of Plenty, 121 in Lakes, 216 in Hawke’s Bay, 234 in MidCentral, 93 in Whanganui, 194 in Taranaki, 57 in Tairāwhiti, 74 in Wairarapa, 509 in Capital and Coast, 177 in Hutt Valley, 223 in Nelson Marlborough, 1,005 in Canterbury, 117 in South Canterbury, 568 in Southern, 52 in West Coast, 3 in unknown locations.

There are currently 53,893 active cases in the community. 

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 of community case numbers is 7,701 – last Monday, it was 7,479.

Since the pandemic started, the total of confirmed Covid-19 cases is 1,046,670. 

Hospitalisations and Covid-19 related deaths

Five people with Covid-19 have died, bringing the total to date to 978.  

Of the people whose deaths are reported today, three people were from the Southern region, one was from Auckland and one was from Bay of Plenty.

One person was in their 50s, one person was in their 70s, and three were aged over 90.

Three were women and two were men.

The 7-day rolling average of reported deaths is 17.

There are 415 people in hospital, with 11 of those people in intensive care or high dependency units.

The average age of people currently in hospital is 60.


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.

70.7 percent of eligible people have had their booster shot. 


The number of PCR tests taken over the past 24 hours is 1,843 and the number of Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) that have been reported in the past 24 hours is 12,510.

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: People walking with masks on in Wellington. Photo: Michael Madden-Smith/Re:

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