There are 5296 new community Covid-19 cases, as the rolling seven-day average of new cases is down 1800 from the same day last week.
There are 605 people in hospital with the virus, 17 of whom are in an intensive care or high dependency care unit, the Ministry of Health said on Friday afternoon.
There are now a total of 1624 deaths confirmed as attributable to Covid-19, either as the underlying cause of death or as a contributing factor.
The seven-day rolling average increase in total deaths attributable to Covid-19 is now 20.
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There are people in hospital with Covid-19 across all regions of the country, with Canterbury treating the highest proportion of Covid-positive patients, at 90.
There are 200 Covid-positive patients in hospital in Auckland’s three districts: Auckland, Counties Manukau DHB and Waitematā.
The average age of those in hospital with the virus across Auckland, Canterbury/West Coast, Southern, Counties Manukau, Waikato, Capital & Coast/Hutt, Waitemata and Northland districts is 66.
Of those admitted to hospital in the seven days prior to Thursday, 55 were unvaccinated or ineligible for vaccination. Three had received just one dose of Covid-19 vaccine, 77 had received two doses and 346 had been boosted.
It is expected that most people in hospital with Covid-19 would be vaccinated. This is because more than 90% of the eligible population aged 12 and over has received two doses.
This can lead to vaccinated people being over-represented in hospitalisation data.
The seven-day rolling average number of new community cases was 5812 on Friday, down from 7618 last Friday.
Close to 400 new cases reported on Friday (396) were reinfections. Of these, 99 had occurred within 90 days of a previous infection.
An additional 209 cases were reported in recent returnees.
The Ministry of Health reported 19 deaths in the 24 hours to midnight. Two were aged in their 60s, three in their 70s, nine aged in their 80s and five aged over 90.
These newly reported deaths have not yet been categorised as to whether they are attributable to Covid-19, either as the underlying cause of death or as a contributing factor, or are unrelated to Covid.
As this categorisation is made over coming days, the attributable deaths will be added to the total reported above.
There were 40,673 active cases of Covid-19 (those identified in the past seven days, not yet deemed recovered) across the country.
New Zealand has had more than 1.63 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the pandemic to date.