Covid-19: 6745 cases and 12 deaths reported on Saturday


There are 6745 new community cases, 12 deaths and 339 hospitalisations linked to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Of those in hospital on Saturday, 15 were being cared for in an intensive care unit, the Ministry of Health said.

The update was released in a statement on Saturday afternoon.

Three of the deaths were reported as being in Auckland, while two were in Waikato, one was in MidCentral, two in the Greater Wellington region, three in Canterbury and one in Southern.

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One of the deceased was in their 40s, one was in their 60s, two were in their 70s, four were in their 80s and four were aged over 90.

The World Health Organisation has estimated nearly 15 million people have been killed by Covid-19 in the past two years – either from the effects of the virus itself or from the disruption it caused to health systems worldwide. (File photo)

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The World Health Organisation has estimated nearly 15 million people have been killed by Covid-19 in the past two years – either from the effects of the virus itself or from the disruption it caused to health systems worldwide. (File photo)

The latest deaths take the total number of publicly reported deaths with Covid-19 to 857, and the seven-day rolling average of reported deaths to 16.

In the 1pm updates, the Ministry of Health releases a total number of people who have died “with Covid” in a particular time period. That doesn’t necessarily mean the virus killed those people, it just means they tested positive within 28 days of their death or immediately after.

The ministry later provides further information on the cause of these deaths on its website. You can read an explanation of how this works here.

Auckland had the most people in hospital with Covid-19, at 63, followed by Canterbury with 56, Waitematā with 40 and Counties Manukau with 38.

Vaccination rates continue to rise around the country, with 96.4% of the eligible population having received their first dose and 95.2% having had their second.

Just under 71% of the eligible population has been boosted.

Both Auckland and Canterbury DHBs have had more than 99% of their eligible population jabbed once.

Vaccination rates are calculated using Ministry of Health population data, which differs from Stats NZ estimates. You can read a full explanation here.

There were 6745 positive Covid-19 cases and 12 deaths reported by the ministry on Saturday. (File photo)

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There were 6745 positive Covid-19 cases and 12 deaths reported by the ministry on Saturday. (File photo)

The update came as the World Health Organisation estimated about 15 million people had been killed, either by the coronavirus or by its impact on overwhelmed health systems, in the past two years.

The estimate was more than double the official death toll of six million.

Scientists tasked by WHO with calculating the actual number of Covid-19 deaths between January 2020 and the end of 2021 estimated there were between 13.3 million and 16.6 million deaths.

These were either caused directly by the coronavirus, or were attributed to the pandemic’s impact on health systems – for example, those with cancer unable to seek treatment when hospitals were full of patients with Covid-19.

On Friday, the Ministry of Health reported 7347 new community cases and 24 further deaths of people with Covid-19.



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