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New Zealand Reports 2,998 New COVID-19 Cases and 18 Deaths in Past Week

New Zealand Reports 2,998 New COVID-19 Cases and 18 Deaths in Past Week

New Zealand has recorded 2,998 new cases of COVID-19 over the past week, along with 18 deaths attributed to the virus. Of these new cases, 1,288 are

New Zealand reports 11,063 new COVID-19 cases and 35 deaths in the past week.
Weekly case update: Monday 20 November to Sunday 26 November.
New Zealand Sees Increase in COVID-19 Cases and Deaths, Vaccines Credited for Saving Thousands

New Zealand has recorded 2,998 new cases of COVID-19 over the past week, along with 18 deaths attributed to the virus. Of these new cases, 1,288 are reinfections. Currently, there are 175 cases in hospital, with three in intensive care. The seven-day rolling average of new cases stands at 426.

Additionally, New Zealand has detected the COVID-19 subvariant BA.2.86 in wastewater samples taken in September. While no hospitalizations with this subvariant have been reported as of September 21, the World Health Organization has classified it as a “variant under monitoring.” Early evidence suggests that existing vaccines in New Zealand remain effective against this subvariant.

Microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles has cautioned that new vaccines targeting this variant might not be available in New Zealand until next year. The government is currently seeking data from vaccine manufacturers, with a decision expected to be made in 2024. Wiles noted that the virus mutates rapidly, raising concerns about the timeliness of vaccine updates.

Pharmac, New Zealand’s pharmaceutical management agency, is working with health partners to assess the need for a COVID-19 vaccine update in 2024.

more info : https://www.tewhatuora.govt.nz/our-health-system/data-and-statistics/covid-19-data/covid-19-current-cases?fbclid=IwAR1hNqQq0MrWXHBAU158-ZyVrj2zCOu8pHnOxGY92_5Rva_qXIjACIUliWQ

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