Tuesday May 31

There are 8,436 new cases of Covid-19 today.

Of these, 247 are in Northland, 2,746 are in Auckland, 679 in Waikato, 240 in Bay of Plenty, 115 in the Lakes district, 231 in Hawke's Bay, 274 in MidCentral, 84 in Whanganui, 243 in Taranaki, 58 in Tairāwhiti, 63 in Wairarapa, 682 in Capital and Coast, 242 in Hutt Valley, 367 in Nelson Marlborough, 1,285 in Canterbury, 176 in South Canterbury, 597 in the Southern district, 105 in the West Coast and 2 in unknown locations.

The total number of active cases is 48,179.

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

18 people with Covid-19 have died, bringing the publicly reported total to date to 1,172.

Of today's reported deaths, one person was in their 50s, two were in their 60s, one was in their 70s, eight were in their 80s and six were over 90.

Of the people who died, three were from Northland, two were from the Auckland region, one was from Waikato, one was from Taranaki, two were from Midcentral, two from Nelson Marlborough, three from Canterbury, two from West Coast and two from the Southern region.

Of these people, ten were male and eight were female.

There are 389 people in hospital, with 9 of those people in intensive care or high dependency units.

The average age of people currently in hospital is 61.


3,099 PCR test were processed yesterday and 17,205 RAT test results 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.

70.6% of the eligible population have received a booster dose.

Top image: A negative Covid-19 RAT test. Photo: Carol Yepes/Getty Images

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