There are 6440 new community cases of the virus on Wednesday and a further 28 COVID-related deaths, the Ministry of Health has revealed.
There are now a total of 1589 deaths confirmed as attributable to COVID-19, either as the underlying cause of death or as a contributing factor.
The Health Ministry said 704 people remained in hospital with the virus, 11 of whom were in intensive care.
The seven-day rolling average of community case numbers today is 6,355 - last Wednesday it was 8111.
Overall, New Zealand has reported over 1.6 million COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.
Below is the full Ministry of Health COVID-19 update for Wednesday, August 3:
Today we are reporting 6,440 community cases and 704 current hospitalisations.
The seven-day rolling average of community case numbers today is 6,355 – last Wednesday it was 8111.
There are now a total of 1,589 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 22.
- COVID-19 Cases in hospital: total number 704: Northland: 13; Waitematā: 69; Counties Manukau: 66; Auckland: 88; Waikato: 97; Bay of Plenty: 24; Lakes: 12; Hawke’s Bay: 30; MidCentral: 32; Whanganui: 8; Taranaki: 22; Tairawhiti: 3; Wairarapa: 6; Capital & Coast: 25; Hutt Valley: 10; Nelson Marlborough: 18; Canterbury: 118; West Coast: 6; South Canterbury: 21; Southern: 36.
- Weekly COVID-19 Hospitalisations - 7 day rolling average: 772 (This time last week it was 782)
- Average age of current COVID-19 hospitalisations: 65
- Cases in ICU or HDU: 11
- Vaccination status of new admissions to hospital*: Unvaccinated or not eligible (54 cases); partially immunised <7 days from second dose or have only received one dose (3 cases); double vaccinated at least 7 days before being reported as a case (65 cases); received booster at least 7 days before being reported as a case (331 cases).
* These are new hospital admissions in the past 7 days prior to yesterday who had COVID at the time of admission or while in hospital, excluding hospitalisations that were admitted and discharged within 24hrs. This data is from Districts with tertiary hospitals: Auckland, Canterbury/West Coast, Southern, Counties Manukau, Waikato, Capital & Coast/Hutt, Waitemata and Northland.
COVID-19 vaccinations administered
- Vaccines administered to date: 4,029,296 first doses; 3,982,129 second doses; 34,034 third primary doses; 2,707,593 first booster doses: 335,795 second booster doses: 266,068 paediatric first doses and 145,341 paediatric second doses
- Vaccines administered yesterday: 26 first doses; 25 second doses; 27 third primary doses; 584 first booster doses; 10,778 second booster doses; 16 paediatric first doses and 124 paediatric second doses.
- More detailed information, including vaccine uptake by District, is available on the Ministry’s website.
- Number of PCR tests total (last 24 hours): 3,858
- Number of Rapid Antigen Tests reported total (last 24 hours): 12,836
- PCR tests rolling average (last 7 days): 4,043
- Number of Rapid Antigen Tests dispatched (last seven days as of 2 August 2022): 1.9 million
- Total number of new community cases: 6,440
- Number of new cases that have recently travelled overseas: 270
- Seven day rolling average of community cases: 6,355
- Seven day rolling average of community cases (as at same day last week): 8,111
- Number of active cases (total): 44,462 (cases identified in the past seven days and not yet classified as recovered)
- Confirmed cases (total): 1,622,657
- New cases by District and other more detailed case information.
Please note, the Ministry of Health’s daily reported cases may differ slightly from those reported at a District or local public health unit level. This is because of different reporting cut off times and the assignment of cases between regions, for example when a case is tested outside their usual region of residence. Total numbers will always be the formal daily case tally as reported to the WHO.
There are now a total of 1,589 deaths confirmed as attributable to COVID-19, either as the underlying cause of death or as a contributing factor. This is the number that will be reported to the World Health Organization as it provides the most accurate assessment of COVID-19 related mortality in New Zealand.
In the past seven days there have been an average of 22 deaths confirmed each day as being attributable to COVID-19. This is a very sad time for whānau and friends of those who have died and our thoughts and condolences are with them.
Information on the number of new deaths of people with COVID-19 reported to the Ministry of Health in the last 24 hours, and the seven day rolling average, is available on the Ministry of Health website. This includes information on the age band and location of these newly reported deaths.
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-19. As this categorisation is made over coming days, the attributable deaths will be added to the total reported above.