As of the past week in New Zealand, there have been 2,968 new cases of Covid-19 reported, along with 14 additional deaths linked to the virus. Among
As of the past week in New Zealand, there have been 2,968 new cases of Covid-19 reported, along with 14 additional deaths linked to the virus. Among these new cases, 1,314 were individuals who had been infected with the virus previously. Currently, at midnight on Sunday, there were 177 Covid-19 patients in hospitals, with seven of them in intensive care. The seven-day rolling average of new cases stands at 422, showing a slight decrease from the previous week’s average of 426 cases.
Last week, Chris Hipkins, the Prime Minister and Labour leader of New Zealand, has tested positive for Covid-19. As a result, he has paused his in-person appearances on the campaign trail, which is significant as early voting for the election is about to begin. Hipkins is experiencing cold and flu symptoms and will be isolating for five days or until he returns a negative test. During this period, he plans to continue with engagements that can be conducted via Zoom. Hipkins has previously tested positive for Covid-19 in March 2022. Another Labour MP, Rachel Brooking, has also tested positive for Covid-19 on the same day.