Covid-19: daily figures are in the top 450 for Nelson-Marlborough

The number of new Covid-19 cases in Nelson-Marlborough has passed 450, the Department of Health has reported.

There were 452 cases for the region on Wednesday, the ministry reported. It comes after 435 cases were reported on Tuesday.

Nationally, 22,454 new cases were reported Wednesday, with 742 people hospitalized. Four deaths have been reported.

Most people are given rapid antigen tests (RATs) at testing stations.  (File photo)

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Most people are given rapid antigen tests (RATs) at testing stations. (File photo)

In Te Tauihi (upper south) there were three people hospitalized on Wednesday.

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The latest cases bring the number of active cases in the region to 2,932.

Nelson Marlborough Health, which uses different reporting times, reported there were 456 new cases on Wednesday, with Nelson recording the majority at 221, while Richmond had 77, Motueka/Moutere 42 and Golden Bay five. There were 18 cases listed as Tasman other.

There have been 62 cases in Blenheim, 13 in Picton and 13 in other parts of Marlborough. Five cases were classified as unknown/other

Of the 3,766 active cases reported by Nelson Marlborough Health on Wednesday, the city of Nelson had 2,034, Richmond 458, Motueka/Moutere 380, Golden Bay 53 and Tasman another 174.

Blenheim had 426 active cases, Picton 74, Marlborough another 101 and 66 cases were unknown/other region.

There are 188 recovered cases in the region, up from 174 on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced that the isolation period for people with Covid and their close contacts would be increased from 10 days to seven days, taking effect at 11:59 p.m. Friday.

Nelson Marlborough Health encourages people to take care of each other. If people know someone who has had Covid-19, they can drop off their groceries or phone them daily to check on them, which is especially important for older people or those who live alone.

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