New Zealand Covid-19 death rates at record highs as the country fights new wave.
The ministry released a statement Friday stating that 26 people had died of COVID in the last 24 hours, and all victims were over 60.New Zealanders are suffering from COVID-19 at an alarming rate as they battle a new Omicron strain, particularly damaging the elderly.
According to data from Health Ministry, the number of deaths caused by the virus was 151 for the seven days ending July 16. This compares with 115 deaths in the worst week of March’s previous wave. The ministry released a statement Friday stating that 26 people had died of COVID in the last 24 hours, and all were over 60.
The Omicron BA.5 variant is driving the current wave in New Zealand. New Zealand has 5.1 million residents. The virus has been found in 64,780 cases over the last seven days, and authorities say that many more infections have not been reported.After most of the population had been vaccinated, the government ended its zero-COVID policy, and the virus has been allowed to spread since then.
Pressure is placed on emergency departments, general practices, and medical centres. The March peak was a high point for hospitalisations, but data from the Health Ministry shows that they are still below their March peak.Some doctors urge the government to remove restrictions on public gatherings and mandate that schools wear masks.Iona Holsted, Education Ministry chief, said that schools should enforce the wearing masks when students return from holiday next week.