Covid-19 in NZ - Saturday’s numbers charted

How is Covid-19 spreading within the country? Newsroom is collating information as it's available to paint a picture of what's happening.

The following charts are based on numbers shared at the daily press conference. These may vary from the full day's numbers released in the Ministry of Health's spreadsheet of case details. This spreadsheet is based on information gathered from Episerv. The date reported for each case in the spreadsheet is not always the same date a positive test result is recorded.

Active cases are people who currently have the virus. The number is lower than the total cases as people who have recovered, or died are not included in the total.

The number of staffed ICU beds in the country is 153. There are additional beds which could be used for ICU patients if needed in wards and other areas. The number of potential beds in an emergency situation across DHBs and private hospitals is estimated at 585.

New Zealand is still well away from the tipping point for hospitals estimated by Te Pūnaha Matatini. When active cases reach 40,000 it's expected the need for ICU beds would overwhelm what is available.

There are clusters of cases emerging where a number of people are confirmed or suspected of having caught the virus.

The following charts are based on current detailed data available for cases. As these details aren't made available until after the daily announcement some numbers may differ from official totals. Newsroom will update charts as detailed case information is made available. 

Community transmission is where someone has the virus, but hasn't travelled and hasn't been in contact with a known case.  The following graph is taken from published percentages on the Ministry of Health website.

Detailed case data shared by the Ministry of Health each day doesn't specify community transmission as an infection cause. It identifies whether the case has been linked to overseas travel or not, or has blank information.

A graph to watch is the change in the source of infection over time. With borders shut to overseas travellers the blue line is likely to drop. As spread happens within New Zealand the maroon line will rise. The graph is based on daily cases.

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