Covid-19: 12020 new community cases, nine deaths, Ministry of Health reports –

The Ministry of Health has announced 12,020 new community cases of Covid-19 and nine deaths on Sunday.
The numbers are well down on the 18,500 new cases reported on Saturday.
This was due to cases steadily declining in Auckland, along with case numbers generally being lower over the weekend due to a lower level of testing.
There are 957 Covid-19 hospitalistions – up from 939 on Saturday – and 26 people in ICU.
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Of the nine people who died, four were from Auckland, three from the Bay of Plenty, and one each from Waikato and Capital and Coast.
Two of these people were in their 50s, two in their 70s, four in their 80s and one in their 90s. Eight were male and one was female.
This takes New Zealand’s total number of publicly reported deaths of people with Covid-19 to 175 –however, 24 of these deaths were for patients diagnosed for the virus more than 28 days before their death, or reported with incomplete details.
The ministry said thoughts were with family and friends of the deceased at this sad time.
Sunday’s new community cases are located across the country: Northland (416), Auckland (2768), Waikato (1093), Bay of Plenty (804), Lakes (330), Hawke’s Bay (676), MidCentral (540), Whanganui (169), Taranaki (373), Tairāwhiti (210), Wairarapa (146), Capital and Coast (795), Hutt Valley (443), Nelson Marlborough (308), Canterbury (1897), South Canterbury (171), Southern (840), and West Coast (22), while the location is still unknown for nine.
The increase in Covid-19 hospitalisations is a reminder of the importance of getting vaccinated to prevent severe illness from Omicron, the ministry said in the update.
The 957 cases in hospital are spread across Northland (32), North Shore (170), Middlemore (222), Auckland (197), Waikato (83), Bay of Plenty (29), Lakes (8), Tairāwhiti (2), Hawke’s Bay (30), Taranaki (4), MidCentral (22), Hutt Valley (21), Capital and Coast (50), Wairarapa (5), Whanganui, (3), Nelson Marlborough (10), Canterbury (42), South Canterbury (1), Southern (27).
In northern region hospitals, unvaccinated patients are five times overrepresented, the ministry said.
“There is a much lower risk of being hospitalised if you are up-to-date with your vaccinations, which for Omicron includes a third or booster dose.
“So, if you’re due any dose of the vaccine, including a booster, please get vaccinated as quickly as possible to ensure you are well protected against Omicron,” the update said.
There were 222 first doses, 407 second doses, six third primary doses, 5201 booster doses, 544 paediatric first doses and 7581 paediatric second doses administered on Saturday.
Of eligible Kiwis 12 and over, 95 per cent have had at least two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, while 73 per cent of those 18 and over have had a booster.
Of children aged 5 to 11, 54 per cent have had at least one does and 4.9 per cent two doses.
With a record surge in Covid-19 cases in Samoa, people travelling to New Zealand on four flightsare required to take two rapid antigen tests (RATs) – the first within 36 hours of arriving, and the second on day five or six.
Travellers from Samoa are still eligible to enter New Zealand without going into quarantine, provided those on the four flights undergo the two tests and report their results either by an automated email survey or by calling 0800 432 010.
The four flights are:
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