Covid-19: 1281 new Southern community cases
Twenty-three more people have died with Covid-19 and there are 9830 new community cases of Covid-19, the Ministry of Health says.
Today's seven-day rolling average of case numbers was 7884, up slightly from 7834 last week.
In today's statement, the Ministry of Health said the 23 deaths being reported today include people who died in the past six days, apart from one death on April 3.
The Ministry said the increase in deaths reported today followed a similar pattern often seen after weekends or public holidays.
"Delays to reporting can also be associated with people dying with Covid-19, rather than from Covid-19, and Covid being discovered only after they have died."
More than 700 people with Covid-19 have now died in New Zealand, with the death toll reaching 710.
Today's reported deaths include one person in their 40s, two in their 60s, seven in their 70s, seven in their 80s, and six were over 90. Seven were women and 16 were men.
Two people were from the Auckland region, four from Bay of Plenty, three from Waikato, two from Taranaki, two from MidCentral, two from Hawke's Bay, one from Hutt Valley, one from Capital and Coast, five from Canterbury and one from South Canterbury.
There are 473 people in hospital with the virus - the lowest number since the start of March - with 17 in ICU.
Today's new community cases were in the Northland (295), Auckland (2442), Waikato (647), Bay of Plenty (335), Lakes (203), Hawke's Bay (337), MidCentral (349), Whanganui (126), Taranaki (264), Tairāwhiti (110), Wairarapa (118), Capital and Coast (628), Hutt Valley (290), Nelson Marlborough (350), Canterbury (1718), South Canterbury (222), Southern (1281), West Coast (109) DHBs.
There were also 74 cases identified at the border.
The total number of confirmed cases in New Zealand has now passed the 900,000 mark, with 903,451 cases reported.
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