The country has experienced another 15 deaths of people with Covid-19 and 8435 new community cases, the Ministry of Health says.

There are also 327 in hospital with the coronavirus, including 10 in intensive care. That compares with 363 people in hospital with the virus, including 14 in intensive care yesterday.

In its latest media update, the ministry said the seven-day rolling average of community case numbers is 7507- last Tuesday it was 7795.

Yesterday it announced that another nine people had died and another 6000 cases had been detected in the community.

This morning the government announced the country will stay in the orange traffic light setting to help ensure it can handle an expected surge in Omicron cases over winter.

The orange alert level took effect on 13 April and will be reviewed again in late June.