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The Ministry of Health has reported another two Covid-related deaths and 594 new cases in Canterbury today.
Another death was also reported on Monday in South Canterbury. Across New Zealand, there are 4024 community cases, including 60 in South Canterbury, and 391 people in hospital with the virus.
The ministry also reported nine more Covid-related deaths today.
Of the nine deaths, two people were from the Auckland region, two were from the Bay of Plenty, two were from Wellington, two were from Canterbury and one was from South Canterbury. One person was in their 40s, one was in their 60s, one was in their 70s, four were in their 80s and two were aged over 90. Six were women and three were men.
The total number of publicly reported deaths of people with Covid is now 1415 and the seven-day rolling average is 13.
Of the 391 people in hospital with Covid. three are in ICU or HDU, while 41 are in Canterbury DHB hospitals and four are in South Canterbury hospitals.
The other cases in hospital are spread across Northland: 9; Waitematā: 43; Counties Manukau: 46; Auckland: 60; Waikato: 23; Bay of Plenty: 18; Lakes: 1; Tairāwhiti: 3; Hawke’s Bay: 6; Taranaki: 18; Whanganui: 5; MidCentral: 30; Wairarapa: 0; Hutt Valley: 31; Capital and Coast: 21; Nelson Marlborough: 7; West Coast: 0; and Southern: 25.
The national seven-day rolling average of community case numbers is 4939 while last Monday it was 5921.
Today's new community cases are in Northland (91), Auckland (1,250), Waikato (257), Bay of Plenty (157), Lakes (46), Hawke’s Bay (114), MidCentral (113), Whanganui (50), Taranaki (112), Tairāwhiti (22), Wairarapa (47), Capital and Coast (388), Hutt Valley (190), Nelson Marlborough (168), Canterbury (594), South Canterbury (60), Southern (336), West Coast (28). The location of one case is unknown.
There are also 53 new imported cases today. The total number of active community cases in New Zealand is now 34,554.
The ministry has also provided advice as influenza cases and winter illnesses increase.
"We are continuing to remind people of the importance of not only protecting against Covid-19 but also protecting against influenza and other winter ills and chills."
The ministry is asking people to:
- Stay at home if unwell
- Take a Covid test if symptomatic
- Wear a face mask
- Maintain good hygiene
- Sneeze and cough into your elbow or a tissue
- Develop a whānau winter plan
- Get a winter wellness kit together
- Eat well and stay active
- Keep up to date with Covid-19 vaccinations
When asked earlier today about the Covid traffic light setting, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told RNZ the flu is now a greater cause of respiratory hospitalisation in some areas than Covid-19.
Some hospitals, particularly Counties Manukau, are currently experiencing significant pressure but it is not just Covid-19 but also flu and winter illnesses, Ardern said.
"When you think about back when we changed to the orange settings, then we were looking at roughly a rolling average of 10,000 cases, we had over 500 hospitalisations, you know close to 30 in ICU.
"Our rolling average now is under 5000 cases, we've got about, what did we have yesterday - about 350 in hospital and five in ICU.
"Here I have an ask for the public, please get your flu vaccine, please wear your mask, it's not only helpful for Covid it's helpful for flu and please if your issues are non-acute but you do need medical attention, do also make use of Healthline."
-Star News and RNZ