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40 people now in southern hospitals with Covid

Apr 20, 2022

The Ministry of Health says there are 547 people in hospital and 14 in ICU.

In a statement, the ministry said it was unable to provide an update on the number of new community cases or further deaths due to an IT network issue.

"The statement will be updated as soon as the additional information becomes available."

Today, there are cases in hospital in Northland (41), Waitematā (92), Counties Manukau (82), Auckland (83), Waikato (38), Bay of Plenty (22), Lakes (seven), Hawke's Bay (17), Taranaki (nine), Whanganui (four), MidCentral (12), Wairarapa (four), Hutt Valley (18), Capital and Coast (15), Nelson Marlborough (nine), Canterbury (49), South Canterbury (four), West Coast (one) and Southern (40).

Five deaths and 8270 new community cases were reported yesterday, and the seven-day rolling average continued to decline, sitting at 7585.

There were 53,066 active community cases around the country yesterday and the overall Covid-19 death toll since the start of the pandemic was 602.

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