Covid-19 update: 4,238 new community cases, number of attributed deaths rises to 1502

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The number of deaths in New Zealand confirmed to be attributable to Covid-19 has risen above 1,500 as 4,238 new community cases were reported today.

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In today’s statement, the health ministry said yesterday, 1502 deaths had been confirmed as attributable to the coronavirus, either as the underlying cause of death or as a contributing factor.

It said the average increase in deaths per day from Covid-19 over the past week is now 19.

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An additional 23 deaths of people with Covid-19 were also reported today.

They include one person in their thirties, one in their forties, one in their sixties, two in their seventies, ten in their eighties, and eight over the age of 90. Eleven were women and 12 were men.

Four were from the Auckland area, five were from Waikato, three were from Bay of Plenty, three were from Hawke’s Bay, two were from the Wellington area, four were from Canterbury, one was from the west coast, one was from the south.

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The seven-day moving average for community affairs now stands at 7183, compared to 7405 yesterday and down from 8600 this time last week.

But the number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 has risen, with 806 hospital admissions reported today compared to 769 yesterday, with 12 people currently in ICU.

The average age of the people in the hospital is 65 years.

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67 Covid-19 deaths were reported yesterday, although the health ministry said the spike in numbers was the result of a “recent data reconciliation process”. 6,232 new cases were also confirmed yesterday.

The ministry said 226 of today’s new cases had recently traveled abroad.

There are now more than 1.6 million – 1,603,545 – confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand.