jump by 1500 in 24-hour period
New Covid-19 infections have jumped by more than 1500 cases in a day as sickness levels ramp up and a third wave of the year looms large.
Yesterday the Ministry of Health reported 3923 new Omicron cases across New Zealand. The previous day there were 2410 infections.
Today's cases released after 1pm dipped under yesterday's tally but still registered a high 3575 infections over a 24-hour period.
The last time the single-day number of cases was around 4000 was August 17, a month before Covid restrictions ended.
This week the ministry reported 16,399 cases over the past week - an increase of about 2000 infections in seven days.
Some 6000 cases are in Auckland alone.