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Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: Today’s cases overcounted in Ministry of Health computer glitch

PM Jacinda Ardern discussed the trade and Covid’s response to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews while in Melbourne. Video / Sky News Australia

Covid-19 cases are now overcounted by more than 4000 due to a computer glitch.

The Ministry of Health today announced that there were 13,334 new positive infections, but revealed tonight that a total of 4206 cases were very high after it was discovered that a computer glitch had altered the numbers.

“The correct number is 9318, which is almost the same level as the case numbers reported in the past three days,” the ministry’s website read.

“A corrected statement was published on the ministry’s website and updated case numbers for individual districts are also published today.”

The number of imported cases – people who have recently traveled abroad – has also been affected by the glitch, the correct number being 275 instead of 390 which was incorrectly published earlier today.

The ministry’s website says the computer glitch has been fixed.

A similar glitch last month forced the ministry to apologize to 6000 people after it mistakenly informed them that they had tested positive and should be isolated.

The message was sent to people who had tested positive for the virus in the past 10 days, meaning the text was a double piece of advice they had received.

Text messages were sent to everyone affected to clarify the mistake, apologize and provide a phone number if people needed more information or support.

The ministry has reported an additional 23 Covid-related deaths today. Eighteen of the deaths occurred in July. Four more are from May and June.

There were 587 people in the hospital with the virus, including nine in intensive care.

Of the 23 who have died today, seven people are from the Auckland region, each from Waikato, Lakes, Bay of Plenty, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Tairawhiti, Whanganui and MidCentral, two from the Wellington region, four from Canterbury/West Coast, and two from the Southern.

One was aged 60, three were 70, 13 were 80, and six were over 90. Of these people, nine were female and 14 were male.

A death from January last year is now reported by the ministry because the cause of death has been resolved.

The reported deaths now take the total number of publicly reported deaths with Covid to 1651.

The breakdown of the current 587 Covid hospitalized are: Northland: 13; Waitematā: 128; Manukau Provinces: 38; Auckland: 35; Waikato: 57; Bay of Plenty: 32; Lake: 14; Hawke’s Bay: 20; MidCentral: 18; Whanganui: 6; Taranaki: 11; Tairawhiti: 2; Wairarapa: 4; Capital and Coast and Hutt Valley: 60; Nelson Marlborough: 13; Canterbury and West Coast: 90; South Canterbury: 15; South: 31.

There are nine Covid patients in the ICU or HDU. The average age of those hospitalized at Covid was 66.

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