• Covid-19: 28 new community cases and two further deaths

Covid-19: 28 new community cases and two further deaths

Two people with Covid-19 have died within a week of each other, The Ministry of Health has revealed.

A man in his 30s, who died at home on January 5, was tested for Covid-19 post-death and returned a positive result.

In addition, a man in his 60s died with Covid-19 at Middlemore Hospital on Sunday.

"Our thoughts are with their whānau and friends at this deeply sad time," the Ministry said in a statement.

"Out of respect for both families, no further details will be released and we will be making no further comment at this time."

In addition, there are 28 new community cases - 17 in Auckland, four in both Bay of Plenty and Rotorua and one each in Waikato, Christchurch and South Canterbury. 

There are 31 people in hospital, including two in ICU.

Sixty-five new cases are in MIQ facilities today. 

The Ministry said the large number of cases at the border was a reflection of the growing number of Omicron cases globally.

Today's cases came from the UK, South Africa, Portugal ,India, Fiji, Qatar, Tanzania, Australia, Brazil, USA, France and Singapore.

There have now been 196 Omicron cases detected at the border since the start of December and 11 cases of the Delta variant.

Another 217 cases caught at the border are still undergoing genome sequencing, but the "vast majority" are expected to be the Omicron variant.