There are 14,128 new community cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand on Friday, the Department of Health announced.
The new cases are located in Northland (536), Auckland (3,498), Waikato (1,333), Bay of Plenty (956), Lakes (416), Hawke’s Bay (841), MidCentral (599), Whanganui (205), Taranaki (470), Tairāwhiti (232), Wairarapa (164), Capital and Coast (906), Hutt Valley (549), Nelson Marlborough (416), Canterbury (1937), South Canterbury (135), Southern (890) and West Coast (39).
The location of six cases is unknown.
There have also been 18 cases of Covid-19 identified at the border.
There are 943 people in hospital with the virus, including 25 in intensive care or high dependency units.
Hospitalized cases are located in Northland (22), North Shore (177), Middlemore (230), Auckland (209), Waikato (68), Bay of Plenty (35), Lakes (eight). Tairāwhiti (four), Hawke’s Bay (23), Taranaki (six), MidCentral (13), Hutt Valley (18), Capital and Coast (44), Wairarapa (five), Whanganui (one), Nelson Marlborough (13), Canterbury (47), South Canterbury (two) and Southern (18).
The average age of current hospitalizations is 58 years.
The ministry also announced five Covid-related deaths.
This brings the total number of publicly reported Covid-19 deaths to 156 and the seven-day rolling average of reported deaths to eight.
“Of the five people who died, two were from Auckland, one from Waikato, one from Canterbury and one from Hutt Valley,” the ministry said.
“Of those people, one was in their 50s, two in their 60s and two in their 80s. Two were female and three were male.”
The ministry said 382 of the cases recorded in the past 24 hours were detected by PCR tests and 13,746 by RATs.
The active number of cases in the community is 123,701 compared to 199,645 on Thursday.
There were 19,566 new community cases and 10 deaths to report on Thursday.