Saturday May 7

There are 6,745 new cases of Covid-19 today.

The Ministry of Health has not provided locations for today's case numbers.

The total number of active cases is 52,567

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

12 people with Covid-19 have died, bringing the publicly reported total to date to 857.

The deaths being reported today include people who have died over the past two days.

Of the people whose deaths we are reporting today; three people were from Auckland; two from Waikato; one from MidCentral; two from the Greater Wellington region; three from Canterbury and one from Southern.

One person was in their 40s; one in their 60s; two in their 70s; four in their 80s and four were aged over 90.

Of these people, seven were women and five were men.

There are 339 people in hospital, with 15 of those people in intensive care or high dependency units.

The average age of people currently in hospital is 58.


3,612 PCR and 13,840 rapid antigen tests 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. 


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

70.9 percent of the eligible population have had a booster shot.


Top image: A woman getting a nasal PCR Covid test. Photo: Marian Vejcik/iStock Images


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