There are now 757 people in hospital with Covid-19, including 16 in intensive care. The largest proportion of hospitalized cases continues to be spread across Auckland’s three hospitals.
This figure of 757, which comes directly from the Ministry of Health, is one more than the number given at today’s press conference at 1 p.m.
Hospitalizations are about the same as yesterday in Auckland City, slightly up in Waitematā and slightly down in Middlemore.
Meanwhile, daily Covid cases in the community have rebounded to a high of 23,894, including more than 9,000 in Auckland. Speaking at today’s press conference at 1 p.m., Director of Public Health Caroline McElnay said the true number of infections is likely to be much higher.
From March 1 to March 7, the seven-day moving average rose from 10,698 to 17,921, and over the same period, hospitalizations rose from 373 to 696. “These numbers clearly show that omicron continues to spread in our communities,” the ministry said. “We must all continue to wear a mask, physically distance and get tested if necessary to reduce the spread of the virus.”
Yesterday saw a record 43,735 rapid antigen test results from Aucklanders, McElnay added. This is 25% more than the previous record recorded last Monday. McElnay reminded people that self-reporting their rapid test result was extremely important. Parents will be able to report children’s RAT results via My Covid Record from the end of the week. Parents currently have to report children’s RAT results to an 0800 number and have faced long delays.
McElnay said essential healthcare workers could now return to work earlier than usual, but only if it could be done safely and was necessary to provide the service.
Over 10,000 booster doses were administered yesterday, bringing the total number of boosters distributed to 2,470,222.