There are 10,710 new cases of Covid-19 in the community today and 15 further deaths.

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In a statement, the Ministry of Health said there were 554 people in hospital, with 12 in intensive care or a high dependency unit.

The seven-day rolling average of community cases is now 8013, compared with 6114 last Thursday.

“Today’s new cases of Covid-19 show the recent rise in case numbers remains steady. We are continuing to keep our response to the current community outbreak of Covid-19 under review and will adapt it as the outbreak and pandemic evolve, and as part of our resurgence planning,” the ministry said.

Yesterday saw case numbers from a single day exceed 10,000 for the first time since 21 April.

Experts have warned that New Zealand is facing a second wave of coronavirus infections as cases of the Omicron subvariant BA.5 spread around the country.


The latest deaths occurred in a period since 28 June.

They take the total number of publicly reported deaths with Covid-19 to 1619 and the seven-day rolling average of reported deaths is 14.

“Of the people whose deaths we are reporting today: four were from Auckland region, five were from the Wellington region, two were from Nelson / Marlborough and four were from Canterbury / West Coast,” the ministry said.

“Three were in their seventies, nine were in their 80s, and three were aged over 90. Of these people, five were women and 10 were men.”