Another 13 deaths of people with Covid-19 have been recorded in New Zealand today, with 6369 new community cases also reported.

In today's statement, the Ministry of Health said there were 362 people in hospital, up from 350 yesterday, with six in ICU.

Today's 13 new deaths - which takes the total number of deaths in New Zealand to 1140 - include two people in their 60s, five in their 70s, three in their 80s, and three aged over 90. Five were female and eight were male.

Five were from the Auckland region, two were from Canterbury, one was from South Canterbury, one was from Nelson Marlborough, two were from the Wellington region, one was from Bay of Plenty, and one was from Southern.

The seven-day rolling average of community case numbers today is 6924, down from 7972 last Saturday.

Today's new cases were in the Northland (166), Auckland (2068), Waikato (480), Bay of Plenty (160), Lakes (125), Hawke's Bay (173), MidCentral (199), Whanganui (74), Taranaki (215), Tairawhiti (32), Wairarapa (59), Capital and Coast (512), Hutt Valley (193), Nelson Marlborough (269), Canterbury (981), South Canterbury (135), Southern (452) and West Coast (70) DHBs.

There were also 55 new cases identified at the border.

There were 25 deaths and 6862 cases reported yesterday.

The total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand is now 1,138,167.

Global Covid-19 updates

North Korea's daily fever cases dropped to below 100,000 for the first time, state media said on Saturday, less than three weeks after the country's first acknowledgement of a Covid-19 outbreak. This week they had reported that case numbers were stabilising after measuring about 400,000 a day, about ten days ago.

Health authorities in China's Jilin province, near the border with North Korea, said they are monitoring cases of 'unknown origin' spreading within the community.

On Friday Shanghai took some gradual steps toward lifting its strict Covid-19 lockdown. Beijing reported 1701 new Covid-19 infections since 22 April.

From 1 June, Japan will double the number of people allowed to enter the country, to 20,000 a day, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said.

Switzerland will destroy more than 620,000 expired doses of Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine, health officials said on Friday, as demand for the shots drops dramatically.


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