Saturday May 28

There are 6,369 new cases of Covid-19 today.

Of these, 166 are in Northland, 2,068 are in Auckland, 480 in Waikato, 160 in Bay of Plenty, 125 in the Lakes district, 173 in Hawke's Bay, 199 in MidCentral, 74 in Whanganui, 215 in Taranaki, 32 in Tairāwhiti, 59 in Wairarapa, 512 in Capital and Coast, 193 in Hutt Valley, 269 in Nelson Marlborough, 981 in Canterbury, 135 in South Canterbury, 452 in the Southern district, 452 in the West Coast and 6 in unknown locations.

The total number of active cases is 48,452.

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

The seven-day rolling average of community case numbers today is 6,924, down from 7,972 last Saturday.

Hospitalisations and Covid-19 related deaths

13 people with Covid-19 have died, bringing the publicly reported total to date to 1,140.

There are 362 people in hospital, with six of those people in intensive care or high dependency units.

The average age of people currently in hospital is 58.

Please note the average age of current hospitalisations is only for the Northern Region admissions right now. 

Please note that Wairarapa hospital statistics have not been available for two days. Statistics provided are from Thursday 26 May 2022.


3,986 PCR tests and 12,887 Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) have been taken in the past 24 hours.

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.

70.6% of the eligible population have had a booster shot.

Top image: 'No vaccine pass required' poster on New Zealand public train. Photo: Michael Madden-Smith/Re:.

More stories:

Spotify and Tinder use AI to influence us but won’t tell us how

Remembering Bastion Point occupation leader Joe Hawke

NZ high schoolers open up about sexual assault on social media