The number of new daily community cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand has dropped below the 3000 mark for the first time since late February.

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In today’s statement, the Ministry of Health said there were 2618 community cases to report, the lowest number since 21 February, when the first Omicron surge began to hit.

While reported numbers do drop over the weekend, the seven-day rolling average of community case numbers today is 4302, down from 5441 this time last week.

The Ministry also reported 11 new deaths of people with the coronavirus, as well as 557 people in hospital, including 15 in ICU.

The 11 new deaths reported today include one person in their 50s, one in their 60s, five in their 70s, one in their 80s and three aged over 90. Four were women and seven were men.

Three were from Auckland region, one was from Bay of Plenty, two were from Hawke’s Bay, one was from MidCentral, three were from Canterbury, one was from South Canterbury.

The total number of deaths confirmed as attributable to Covid-19 has not been updated today and remains at 1750.

There were 27 deaths with the virus reported yesterday, as well as 3650 new cases.

New Zealand has now recorded a total of 1,673,183 cases of Covid-19.