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Friday: Seven new deaths, 20,989 new community cases

Mar 11, 2022

Seven more people with Covid-19 have died in New Zealand, with 20,989 new community cases reported today.

The seven deaths reported today - the highest number of daily deaths New Zealand has seen in this outbreak - include five in Auckland, one in Waikato, and one in the Southern region.

Dr Andrew Old from the Northern Region Health Coordination Centre confirmed the deaths in a press conference today.

"It highlights that although Omicron is a mild illness for many people, for some it is not. Every death is a tragedy and our thoughts and condolences are with the families and loved ones of the people who have passed away."

The number of people in hospital has risen to a record 856 people, with 20 in ICU, including 10 in Auckland.

There were 21,015 cases reported in the community yesterday and 773 people were in hospital with Covid-19, the Ministry of Health said.

Yesterday also saw a change in how Covid-19-related deaths were being reported.

Deaths are now automatically reported if a person dies within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test result, and will be broken into three categories:

Where Covid-19 is the clear cause of death Where a person is found to have had Covid-19 when they died but it was not the cause of death When a person is known to have had Covid-19 when they died but their cause of death is not known

The self-isolation period for Covid-19 positive cases and their household contacts reduces to seven days from 11.59pm tonight.

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