New Zealand has witnessed a surge in COVID-19 cases, with 5947 new infections reported over the past week, including five deaths attributed to the vi
New Zealand has witnessed a surge in COVID-19 cases, with 5947 new infections reported over the past week, including five deaths attributed to the virus. Among the new cases, 1047 were probable cases, and 3140 were identified as reinfections. As of midnight on November 12, there were 284 cases in hospitals, with 4 in intensive care. The seven-day rolling average of new cases stands at 849 per day.
Epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker highlighted that the country is currently experiencing its fifth wave of COVID-19 infections. Wastewater detection of the virus is at its highest rate since January, indicating that the actual number of cases might be higher than reported.
Te Whatu Ora is urging those at the highest risk of infection to protect themselves. Director of Public Health Dr. Nick Jones emphasized the importance of staying updated with COVID-19 boosters and using antiviral medications early if infected. Contrary to assumptions associating COVID-19 with winter, Dr. Jones noted that upticks in cases seem to occur every six months, possibly driven by waning immunity and the evolving nature of the virus.
Free masks and rapid antigen tests (RAT) are still available at participating pharmacies and collection sites. When picking up masks, individuals are encouraged to consult with staff to determine the most suitable option for them, whether medical or P2/N95 types.