By RNZ.co.nz and is republished with permission.
One person has died from the coronavirus and there are 18 new community cases of Covid-19 today.
A woman in her 70s has died from Covid-19 last night at Middlemore Hospital.
It is the 51st death in New Zealand of someone with the coronavirus since the pandemic began.
Of today’s 18 cases, 13 are in Auckland, three in Waikato, one in Bay of Plenty, and one in Lakes.
In MIQ, there are 16 new cases, of which five are of the Omicron variant. That takes the total number of Omicron cases in the country to 54.
The Ministry of Health said 6363 active contacts are being managed.
There are 54 people in hospital, including eight in ICU or HDU.
There have been no unexpected wastewater detections.