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Hospitals are under increasing pressure from the Omicron outbreak.
Another 24 Covid deaths were confirmed yesterday, including 16 previously unreported deaths from the past three weeks.
The high number of deaths is due to reporting changes at the Ministry of Health.
There are now 971 people in hospital with the virus, mostly in the Auckland region.
Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield told Mike Hosking the health system is under incredible pressure.
“Go and chat with some of the folks who are working in the hospitals and you’ll get an idea of what it looks like when a health system is under stress.”