By the Re: team
Tuesday May 24
There are 8,435 new cases of Covid-19 today.
Of these, 270 are in Northland, 2807 are in Auckland, 635 in Waikato, 274 in Bay of Plenty, 149 in the Lakes district, 268 in Hawke's Bay, 257 in MidCentral, 93 in Whanganui, 252 in Taranaki, 59 in Tairāwhiti, 85 in Wairarapa, 609 in Capital and Coast, 217 in Hutt Valley, 326 in Nelson Marlborough, 1255 in Canterbury, 139 in South Canterbury, 659 in the Southern district, 79 in the West Coast and 2 in unknown locations.
The total number of active cases is 52,527.
The Ministry of Health defines active cases as those identified in the last seven days and not yet classified as recovered.
Since the pandemic started, there have been 1,109,144 confirmed cases of Covid-19.
Hospitalisations and Covid-19 related deaths
Fifteen people with Covid-19 have died, bringing the publicly reported total to date to 1079.
The 7-day rolling average of reported deaths is 13.
Of the people whose deaths have been reported today, three were from the Auckland region, one was from Waikato, one was from Taranaki, two were from the Wellington region, one was from Nelson-Marlborough, four were from Canterbury and three were from the Southern area.
One person was in their 40s, two were in their 60s, one was in their 70s, three were in their 80s and eight were aged over 90.
Of these people, nine were female and six was male.
There are 327 people in hospital, with 10 of those people in intensive care or high dependency units.
The average age of people currently in hospital is 60.
The average age of current hospitalisations is for the Northern Region admissions only at this stage.
In the last 24 hours, 3326 PCR tests have been administered and 17,264 Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) have been recorded.
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: A close up of someone doing a Rapid Antigen Test. Photo: Getty Images
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“It is less contagious than Covid-19 and the outbreaks are much smaller,” an expert says.
“We are told from our people, we need this.”