Covid

Covid update May 1: Omicron BA.4 variant detected in returnee

Two other sub-variants of Omicron have also been detected in 2 other returnees for the first time.

Covid update April 30: 7,043 new cases, 7 deaths

There are 15 people in ICU.

Covid update April 29: 8,242 cases, 480 hospitalisations

The Ministry of Health says 14 people with Covid-19 have died.

Covid update April 28: 9,047 cases, 484 hospitalisations

The Ministry of Health says 13 people with Covid-19 have died.

Government introduces legally recognised mask exemption card

People will be able to access the card from the end of May.

Covid update April 27: 9,830 cases, 473 hospitalisations

The Ministry of Health says 23 people with Covid-19 have died.

Covid update April 26: 6,380 cases, 508 hospitalisations

A further four deaths are being reported today.

Covid update April 25: 5,690 new cases, 10 deaths

There are 514 people in hospital with 18 of those in ICU.

Covid update April 24: 5662 new cases, 9 deaths

There are 490 people currently in hospital, with 20 of those in ICU.

Covid update April 23: 7,930 cases, 19 deaths

Of the 494 people in hospital, 15 are in ICU.

Covid Update April 22: 9390 cases, 13 deaths

A person with Covid-19, aged between 10 and 19, has died.

Covid update April 21: 10,294 cases, 18 deaths

There are 524 people currently in hospital with Covid-19.

Covid update April 20: 11,217 cases, 547 people in hospital

There are 547 people in hospital with Covid-19, 14 of those people are in the ICU or HDU.

Covid update April 19: 8,270 community cases, five deaths

The seven-day rolling average of case numbers continues to decline, with today's average at 7,585.

Covid update April 18: 6,242 cases, 11 deaths

The seven-day rolling average is now 7,986.

Covid update April 17: 5,933 new cases, 10 deaths

There are 537 people in hospital.

Covid update April 16: 13,636 new cases in last two days

The update covers Good Friday and today.

Covid update April 14: 9,563 cases, 16 deaths

The seven-day rolling average of reported deaths is 13.

Covid update April 13: 9,495 community cases, 551 hospitalisations

A further 15 deaths are being reported today.

NZ to move to Orange traffic light setting tonight: Covid-19

New Zealand will be moving from Red to the Orange traffic light setting from 11.59pm tonight. 

Covid Update April 12: 11,063 cases, 16 deaths

Vaccinated Australians will be able to enter New Zealand from 11.59pm on April 12.

Covid update April 11: 7,592 cases, third death considered to be linked to Pfizer vaccine

There are 640 people in hospital, 23 of those people are in intensive care or high dependency units.

Covid update April 10: 6,718 new cases, 604 in hospital

Of the hospitalisations, 22 are in ICU. There are 12 deaths reported today.

Covid update April 9: 8,531 new cases, 11 deaths

There are 635 people in hospital, with 18 in ICU.

Covid update April 8: 9,906 cases, 10 deaths

A person between the ages of 10 and 19 has died, the Ministry of Health says.

Covid-19 Update April 7: 11,634 cases, 13 deaths

From today, 16 and 17-year-olds are able to get a free booster dose.

Covid update April 6: 12,575 cases, 15 deaths

654 people are in hospital - 23 of those people are in ICU or HDU.

Covid update April 5: 14,120 cases, 23 deaths

692 people are in hospital - 30 of those people are in ICU or HDU.

NZ stays at red traffic light for at least another 10 days

The country will remain at its current traffic light setting for at least another week and a half.