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MINISTRY OF HEALTH UPDATE
March 30, 2022

 

Today we are reporting 15,918 community cases, 817 hospitalisations and 14 deaths.

It’s encouraging to see case numbers continuing to decline. This supports the trend we are seeing across the seven day rolling average. Today’s seven day rolling average is 14,969; this compares with the seven day rolling average of cases as at last Wednesday of 17,111.

Getting boosted continues to be one of the most important ways people can protect themselves from Omicron and severe illness.

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 if eligible.

Covid-19 deaths

Today we are sadly reporting the deaths of 14 people with Covid-19. The deaths being reported today include people who have died over the past six days but were only recently notified to the Ministry. Delays to reporting can be associated with people dying with, rather than of Covid-19, and Covid being discovered only after they have died.

These deaths take the total number of publicly reported deaths with Covid-19 to 317 and the 7-day rolling average of reported deaths is 15.

Of the people whose deaths we are reporting today, four were from the Auckland region, four from Waikato, one from the Lakes DHB, one from the Wellington region, one from Nelson Marlborough, one from Canterbury, one from South Canterbury and one from Southern.

Five people were in their 70s, six in their 80s and three were in their 90s.

One was female and thirteen were male.

Our thoughts and condolences are with their whānau and friends at this sad time.

Out of respect, we will be making no further comment.

Vaccinations administered in New Zealand

  • Vaccines administered to date: 4,025,561 first doses; 3,974,205 second doses; 34,279 third primary doses; 2,579,735 booster doses: 258,732 paediatric first doses and 77,627 paediatric second doses
  • Vaccines administered yesterday: 94 first doses; 206 second doses; 25 third primary doses; 2329 booster doses; 112 paediatric first doses and 2873 paediatric second doses

People vaccinated

  • All Ethnicities (percentage of eligible people aged 12+): 4,055,206 first dose (96.3%); 4,002,586 second dose (95.1%), 2,578,129 boosted (72.7% of those eligible)
  • Māori (percentage of eligible people aged 12+): 520,321 first dose (91.1%); 502,725 second dose (88%), 228,597 boosted (57.9% of those eligible)
  • Pacific Peoples (percentage of eligible people aged 12+): 281,545 first dose (98.2%); 276,405 second dose (96.4%), 136,210 boosted (59.4% of those eligible)
  • 5 to 11-year-olds all ethnicities: 256,930 first dose (53.9%); 75,913 second dose (15.9%)
  • 5 to 11-year-olds – Māori: 40,261 first dose (34.8%); 8,459 second dose (7.3%)
  • 5 to 11-year-olds – Pacific Peoples: 23,242 first dose (47.1%); 4,030 second dose (8.2%)

Note that the number for “People vaccinated” differs slightly from “Vaccines administered” as it includes those that have been vaccinated overseas.

Vaccination rates for all DHBs

  • Northland DHB: first dose (90.1%); second dose (88%); boosted (69.5%)
  • Auckland Metro DHB: first dose (97.2%); second dose (96.1%); boosted (71.2%)
  • Waikato DHB: first dose (95.1%); second dose (93.5%); boosted (68.4%)
  • Bay of Plenty DHB: first dose (95%); second dose (93.3%); boosted (68.1%)
  • Lakes DHB: first dose (93.2%); second dose (91.4%); boosted (68.5%)
  • MidCentral DHB: first dose (96.5%); second dose (95.2%); boosted (74.2%)
  • Tairāwhiti DHB: first dose (93.2%); second dose (90.9%); boosted (68.6%)
  • Whanganui DHB: first dose (91.9%); second dose (90.4%); boosted (73.5%)
  • Hawke’s Bay DHB: first dose (97.1%); second dose (95.4%); boosted (72.1%)
  • Taranaki DHB: first dose (94.6%); second dose (93.2%); boosted (70.1%)
  • Wairarapa DHB: first dose (96.4%); second dose (95%); boosted (74.9%)
  • Capital & Coast DHB: first dose (98.6%); second dose (97.8%); boosted (81.2%)
  • Hutt Valley DHB: first dose (96.6%); second dose (95.6%); boosted (77%)
  • Nelson Marlborough DHB: first dose (96.5%); second dose (95.2%); boosted (75.6%)
  • West Coast DHB: first dose (92.6%); second dose (91.1%); boosted (73.4%)
  • Canterbury DHB: first dose (99.7%); second dose (98.7%); boosted (75.9%)
  • South Canterbury DHB: first dose (94.9%); second dose (93.8%); boosted (76.4%)
  • Southern DHB: first dose (98.2%); second dose (97.1%); boosted (74.9%)

Partially and second doses percentages are for those 12+. Boosted percentages are for 18+ who have become eligible 3 months after having their second dose

Percentages are based on 2020 HSU data – a health-specific population denominator. As the population continues to change over time, coverage rates can exceed 100%.

Hospitalisations

  • Cases in hospital: total number 817: Northland: 30; North Shore: 129; Middlemore: 170; Auckland: 139; Waikato: 82; Bay of Plenty: 25; Lakes: 13; Tairāwhiti: 2, Hawke’s Bay: 30; Taranaki: 17; Whanganui: 9; MidCentral: 21; Hutt Valley: 17; Capital and Coast: 30; Wairarapa: 1; Nelson Marlborough: 15; Canterbury: 57; South Canterbury: 3; West Coast: 1; Southern: 26
  • Average age of current hospitalisations: 58
  • Cases in ICU or HDU: 24
  • Vaccination status of current hospitalisations (Northern Region only, excluding Emergency Departments): Unvaccinated or not eligible (68 cases / 15.89%); partially immunised <7 days from second dose or have only received one dose (13 cases / 3.04%); double vaccinated at least 7 days before being reported as a case (110 cases / 25.7%); Received booster at least 7 days before being reported as a case (156 cases / 36.45%); unknown (81 cases / 18.93%)

Cases

  • Seven day rolling average of community cases: 14,969
  • Seven day rolling average (as at Wednesday last week): 17,111
  • Number of new community cases: 15,918
  • Number of new community cases (PCR): 336
  • Number of new community cases (RAT): 15,582
  • Location of new community cases (PCR & RAT): Northland (634), Auckland (2691), Waikato (1508), Bay of Plenty (987), Lakes (438), Hawke’s Bay (892), MidCentral (851), Whanganui (399), Taranaki (649), Tairāwhiti (183), Wairarapa (152), Capital and Coast (1054), Hutt Valley (599), Nelson Marlborough (605), Canterbury (2535), South Canterbury (293), Southern (1386), West Coast (55); Unknown (7)
  • Number of new cases identified at the border: 48
  • Number of active community cases (total): 104,769 (cases identified in the past 7 days and not yet classified as recovered)
  • Confirmed cases (total): 642,447

Please note, the Ministry of Health’s daily reported cases may differ slightly from those reported at a DHB or local public health unit level. This is because of different reporting cut off times and the assignment of cases between regions, for example when a case is tested outside their usual region of residence. Total numbers will always be the formal daily case tally as reported to the WHO.

Tests

  • Number of PCR tests total (last 24 hours): 3259
  • Number of Rapid Antigen Tests reported total (last 24 hours): 30,641
  • PCR tests rolling average (last 7 days): 2665
  • Number of Rapid Antigen Tests dispatched (last 7 days as of 29/03/22): 11.9 million

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