• Covid-19: 219 new Hawke's Bay cases, PM tests positive

Covid-19: 219 new Hawke's Bay cases, PM tests positive

Hawke's Bay has 219 new cases of Covid-19.

In a statement, the Ministry of Health said there are 7068 new community cases and 18 further deaths nationwide. 

Of the 18 new deaths reported today, 10 died over the past two days and eight people had died since April 28, the Ministry of Health said.

"These deaths take the total number of publicly reported deaths with Covid-19 to 958 and the seven-day rolling average of reported deaths is 15."

One of those who died was aged in their 40s, one in their 60s, five each in their 70s and 80s and six were aged over 90. Nine were men and nine were women.

Four were from Auckland, three from Waikato, two each were from Northland, MidCentral district health board-area and Wellington and one each were from Lakes DHB, West Coast, Canterbury, South Canterbury and the Southern DHB.

There are 398 people in hospital with the virus and eight are in an intensive care unit. The-seven day rolling average has increased to 7595 from 7512 last Saturday.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has tested positive for Covid-19, her office has announced.

She has been in isolation since Sunday when her partner Clarke Gayford tested positive.

The Prime Minister has been symptomatic since Friday evening. She returned a weak positive last night and a clear positive this morning on a RAT test.

At this stage her symptoms are moderate.

In an Instagram post, Ardern said her daughter Neve tested positive on Wednesday. 

"Despite best efforts, unfortunately, I've joined the rest of my family and have tested positive for Covid-19," she said.

"To anyone else out there, isolating or dealing with Covid, I hope you take good care of yourselves!"