Monday May 9

There are 6,407 new cases of Covid-19 today, two people with the virus have died and there are 368 people in hospital.

Of these cases there are 146 in Northland, 2,066 in Auckland, 441 in Waikato, 195 in Bay of Plenty, 106 in Lakes, 186 in Hawke’s Bay, 225 in MidCentral, 54 in Whanganui, 143 in Taranaki, 36 in Tairāwhiti, 63 in Wairarapa, 496 in Capital and Coast, 177 in Hutt Valley, 224 in Nelson Marlborough, 1,033 in Canterbury, 96 in South Canterbury, 654 in Southern, 62 in West Coast, 4 in unknown locations. 

There are currently 52,339 active cases in the community. 

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

Today’s seven-day rolling average of community case numbers is 7,479 – last Monday, it was 7,553.

Since the pandemic started, the total of confirmed Covid-19 cases is 992,732. 

A further two people who have travelled from overseas to New Zealand have been confirmed as having the BA.5 variant of Omicron.

Hospitalisations and Covid-19 related deaths

Two people with Covid-19 have died, bringing the total to date to 862.  

Of the two deaths, one person was from Wairarapa and the other was from Whanganui.

Both were male and in their 80s.

The 7-day rolling average of reported deaths is 15.

There are 368 people in hospital, with 18 of those people in intensive care or high dependency units.

The average age of people currently in hospital is 59.


96.4 percent of New Zealand's eligible population have had the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and 95.1 percent have had a second dose.


The number of PCR tests taken over the past 24 hours is 1,864 and the number of Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) that have been reported in the past 24 hours is 11,149.

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. 

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