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Covid-19: 2846 new community cases, 143 people in hospital

Feb 22, 2022

There are 2846 Covid-19 cases in the community today and 143 people in hospital with the virus, the Ministry of Health reports.

In a statement, the ministry said one of the people in hospital is in intensive care or a high dependency unit.

Of the new cases today, 36 are in Northland, 1802 in Auckland, 285 in Waikato, 86 in Bay of Plenty, 19 in Lakes, 25 in Hawke's Bay, 25 in MidCentral, 19 in Whanganui, 26 in Taranaki, 17 in Tairāwhiti, two in Wairarapa, 84 in Capital and Coast, 25 in Hutt Valley, 77 in Nelson Marlborough, 105 in Canterbury, four in South Canterbury and 206 in the Southern DHB.

Today's announcement coincides with news that two Auckland hospitals have called off large numbers of planned operations as nursing numbers drop and Covid-19 cases rise.

The decision was made at a high-level meeting yesterday, with the situation expected to continue for four weeks, RNZ reported.

Hundreds of people will miss out on operations or procedures at Greenlane Hospital and Auckland City Hospital.

Yesterday the ministry reported 2365 new community cases, two Covid-19 related deaths and 116 people in hospital with one person in intensive care or a high dependency unit.

On Sunday, New Zealand's daily Covid-19 numbers surpassed the 2000 mark for the first time, with 2522 new community cases reported.

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