COVID-19: 9100 new community cases, 40 virus-related deaths, 200 people in hospital, three in ICU

There are 9100 new community cases of COVID-19 and a further 40 virus-related deaths over the past week, the Ministry of Health has revealed.

The Health Ministry gave the update, which covers the seven-day period from Monday, February 20  to Sunday, February 26, on Monday.

The ages of those who died was one person younger than 10, one in their 20s, one in their 30s, one in their 40s, two in their 50s, four in their 60s, 13 in their 70s, 10 in their 80s, and seven aged over 90.

The Ministry of Health said as of midnight on Sunday, 200 people are in hospital with the virus, three of whom are in intensive care.

The total number of people whose deaths are attributed to COVID-19 is now 2542.

Overall, New Zealand has reported over 2.2 million COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.

Last week the Health Ministry reported 8220 new community cases, 24 virus-related deaths, 162 people in hospital, and four in ICU.

It comes after Health Minister Ayesha Verrall announced last week a bivalent COVID-19 vaccine - which includes protection against Omicron - will be made available to people over 30.