LIVE: Omicron response update

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. Photo: RNZ.

The Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield will today host a media briefing to provide updates on the response to the Omicron outbreak.

Dr Bloomfield will be joined by the Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay.

The pair are expected to be live from 1pm.

Tune into the livestream above to see what they have to say.

Yesterday, the Ministry of Health reported 12,575 community cases, 654 hospitalisations and 15 deaths.

In the daily 1pm statement, the Ministry said "it's encouraging to see case numbers continuing to decline.

"This supports the trend we are seeing across the seven-day rolling average. The seven-day average is 12,307, while last Wednesday it was 14,969."

SunLive will provide an update on today's Covid numbers once they have been released by the Ministry.

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