Friday May 20

There are 7,800 new cases of Covid-19 today.

Of these, 211 are in Northland, 2755 are in Auckland, 531 in Waikato, 270 in Bay of Plenty, 123 in the Lakes district, 270 in Hawke's Bay, 237 in MidCentral, 76 in Whanganui, 231 in Taranaki, 58 in Tairāwhiti, 61 in Wairarapa, 530 in Capital and Coast, 224 in Hutt Valley, 264 in Nelson Marlborough, 1165 in Canterbury, 116 in South Canterbury, 591 in the Southern district, 84 in the West Coast and 3 in unknown locations.

The total number of active cases is 56,200. 

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

Seventeen people with Covid-19 have died, bringing the publicly reported total to date to 1039.

The seven-day rolling average of reported deaths is 14.

Of the people whose deaths have been reported today, three were from the Auckland region, three were from the Wellington region, two were from Northland, two were from Canterbury, two were from the Southern region, and one each from Waikato, Tairāwhiti, MidCentral, Hawke’s Bay, and Nelson Marlborough.

One person was in their 50s, one was in their 60s, four were in their 70s, five were in their 80s and six were over 90.

Of these people, 13 were women and four were men.

There are 401 people in hospital, with 14 of those people in intensive care or high dependency units.

The average age of people currently in hospital is 61. 


In the last 24 hours, 3786 PCR tests and 15,048 Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) were reported. 

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% of New Zealand's eligible population have had the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and 95.2% have had a second dose.

Top image: Person holding a Rapid Antigen Test. (File photo) Photo: iStock

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