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Covid-19: 16 further deaths, one in the South

May 26, 2022

There are 16 people who have died with Covid-19 and 7591 new community cases being reported today, the Ministry of Health says.

In a statement, the ministry said there were 355 people in hospital with the virus, including 12 in intensive care.

There are 355 people in hospital with the virus, including 12 in intensive care.

Of the deaths reported today, seven were from the Auckland region, three were from Canterbury, three were from the Wellington region, one was from Lakes, one was from Bay of Plenty, and one was from Southern.

Two people were in their 60s, two were in their 70s, eight were in their 80s and four were aged over 90.

"This is a very sad time for whānau and friends and our thoughts and condolences are with them."

The community cases reported today were in Northland (220), Auckland (2,520), Waikato (566), Bay of Plenty (221), Lakes (122), Hawke's Bay (211), MidCentral (258), Whanganui (91), Taranaki (250), Tairāwhiti (52), Wairarapa (77), Capital and Coast (538), Hutt Valley (220), Nelson Marlborough (308), Canterbury (1,110), South Canterbury (136), Southern (589), West Coast (95) and the location of seven was unknown.

The seven-day rolling average of community case numbers is 7095 - last Thursday, it was 7981.

There were also 69 new cases at the border today.

Yesterday the Ministry of Health reported the first case of Omicron subvariant BA.2.12.1 in the community without a clear link to the border.

The subvariant was detected in Hawke's Bay.

The Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 were detected in wastewater samples in Auckland and Gisborne.

The Ministry of Health reported 11 deaths and 8150 community cases of Covid-19 yesterday.

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