Outbreak Covid 19 Omicron: 13,475 community cases, 17 deaths. Video / NZ Herald

Today, 13,475 new Covid cases and 17 deaths have been reported in the community, as this week has become the deadliest since the pandemic to date.

The total number of deaths of people with Covid-19 reported is 355, and the moving average for seven days is 17.

Seven of today’s deaths were people from the Auckland region, two from Waikato, one from Plenty Bay, one from DHB Lakes, one from Hawks Bay, one from the Wellington region, one from Canterbury, one from the West Coast and two were from the South.

Two were in their 50s, four were in their 60s, five were in their 70s, three were in their 80s, and three were in their 90s.

“At this sad time, our thoughts and condolences are with them and their friends,” the Ministry of Health said.

There are 764 people in hospitals, the average age is 58. There are 31 people in intensive care.

The seven-day moving average number of cases continues to decline; The average to date is 14,171 compared to 17,197 last Friday.

Among the 17 deaths were people who died in the last seven days, including 15 people who died in the last two days.

Delays in reporting may be due to the fact that people die from and not from Covid, and the virus was not detected until after they died.

Today’s community cases: Northland (563), Auckland (2392), Waikato (1182), Bay Plenty (688), Lakes (355), Bay Hawks (712), Middle Center (774), Wanganui (332), Taranaki (526) ), Tairāwhiti (172), Wairarapa (155), Capital and Coast (876), Hutt Valley (483), Nelson Marlboro (578), Canterbury (2,122), South Canterbury (267), Southern (1243) and Western coast (56).

The whereabouts of five cases are unknown.

Accommodation of those in hospital: Northland (28), North Shore (108), Middlemore (148), Auckland (111), Waikato (82), Bay Plenty (27), Lakes (17), Tairoviti (three) , Hawke’s Bay (40), Taranaki (22), Wanganui (eight), Central (25), Hat Valley (20), Capital and Coast (20), Wairapa (one), Nelson Marlboro (15), Canterbury 50), South Canterbury (eight), West Coast (one) and South (30).

Of the northern region hospitals (Auckland and Northland), 51 cases, or 13.5 per cent, were either not vaccinated or not eligible for vaccination, and eight cases or 2.1 per cent were partially immunized.

The vaccination status of 120 cases, or 31.7 percent, was unknown.

The total number of active public cases is 99,185. The ministry has active cases that have been identified in the last seven days but have not yet recovered.

Meanwhile, 49 cases are on the verge.

During testing, 13,131 of the reported cases in the community were found using rats, and 344 were detected using PCR testing. 3427 PCR tests have been processed in the last 24 hours.

3427 PCR tests have been processed in the last 24 hours. Seven days before March 29, 6.2 million rats were sent to New Zealand.

Iwi events

The ministry said that this weekend in the Gulf of Wealth are vaccination activities against Covid-19 led by iwi.

Tomorrow, Tamari-focused events will take place in Katikati, Tauranga, Te Puke, Kaveri, Opotika and Wakatan.

Events in Tauranga and Wakatan will also be held on Sunday.

Parents and whānau can also get vaccinated together with their children.

“There will be kai, stress-free places and classes for everyone.”

More information about these events can be found on the DHB Bay of Plenty website.

To date, 96.4% of eligible people received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, 95.1% received two doses, and 72.7% received stimulation.

Maori aged 12 and older received 91.1 percent of the first dose, 88.1 percent received two doses, and 57.7 percent of those eligible received a regulatory dose. For the peoples of the Pacific, these figures are 98.2 percent, 96.4 percent and 59.3 percent, respectively.

Fifty-four percent of children ages 5-11 received one dose and 17 percent received a second.

For Maori children aged 5-11, 34.9 percent received one dose and 7.8 percent received two. For Pacific children, the figures are 47.1 and 8.7 percent, respectively.

“Getting a raise is still one of the most important ways to protect people from Omicron and serious illness,” the ministry said in a statement.

“There is a much lower risk of hospitalization if you are aware of your vaccinations, which for Omicron include a third or booster dose if you are eligible.”

Deadly week

As a review of Covid’s protection settings in the country is fast approaching, this week looks the deadliest since the pandemic to date.

As of yesterday, there have been 338 deaths since Covid hit our shores in 2020. Most of them occurred during the current Omicron outbreak, and modeling and health experts expect more people to die from the virus this month.

According to the Ministry of Health, last week was the deadliest seven-day outbreak with 84 deaths.

As of Monday, the number of deaths has reportedly already reached 81 with a probability that the grim number will exceed this figure and record a new death week.

Health Director-General Dr Ashley Bloomfield said Covid-19-related deaths in New Zealand were growing sadly – with a total of 59 deaths per million people.

Of yesterday’s 22 recorded Covid-related deaths, one was from Northland, 10 from the Auckland region, one from Waikato, two from Plenty Bay, two from DHB Lakes, two from the Wellington region and four from Canterbury.

Two of the dead were 50 years old, four were 60, three were 70, six were 80 and seven were over 90.

Just over 101,500 people were sick with Covid in the community, with a seven-day moving average of 14,515 new daily cases.

There were 830 people in hospitals and 26 in intensive care.

Different pattern

Bloomfield said it appears that this outbreak in major metropolitan centers is different compared to the regions.

He said that in Auckland, Capital and the Coast and Hutt Valley, which are timed to cities, the outbreak rose fairly quickly, peaked and declined fairly quickly.

In the regions the outbreak developed more slowly and had a more steady peak.

There was also a tendency to reduce the number of hospitalizations in the regions. For example, Tairoviti had the highest incidence rate in the country in the last two weeks, but has ever had only a few hospitalizations.

Crowds are expected to fill stadiums across New Zealand this weekend as the government prepares to review Covid’s traffic light settings on Monday.  Photo / Alex Robertson
Crowds are expected to fill stadiums across New Zealand this weekend as the government prepares to review Covid’s traffic light settings on Monday. Photo / Alex Robertson

On Monday, the Cabinet will decide whether to move the country – or choose regions – from red to orange, which will increase the number of people who can gather indoors.

In recent days, Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said he did not yet have a “firm incline” to review traffic light settings on Monday.

“We will closely follow the health recommendations we will receive this weekend.”

The main difference between red and orange was the size of the indoor assembly, he said. Under orange there is no limit.

“The main thing we’re all looking for is where we are in terms of the overall peak.”

In some parts of the country, the number of cases continues to rise, he said.

He wouldn’t be drawn to Auckland’s chances of switching to Orange, which has already passed Amicron Peak.

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