Testing for COVID-19

Information on lab testing and capacity and testing rates by ethnicity and district.

Last updated 1pm 7 February 2023.

This data is updated weekly. All data on this page relates to tests recorded prior to 11:59 pm 5 February 2023.

Testing data is collected from the Eclair database (administered by ESR) unless otherwise stated.

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Testing summary, status, and results

COVID-19 testing
  Total
PCR tests uploaded during past week 10,671
All COVID-19 viral tests administered 7,768,604
Testing kits in stock 22,373
Testing results from 22 January 2020 to 6 February 2023
Test results In managed facilities Within NZ communities Total
Tested positive for COVID-19 3,838 209,114 212,952
Tested negative (no COVID-19) 236,809 7,266,498 7,503,307
Inconclusive result for COVID-19 190 52,155 52,345
Total (all tests) 240,837 7,527,767 7,768,604
Number of tests for COVID-19
Daily number of tests completed for COVID-19 (with seven-day rolling average)

Testing over the past 4 weeks

Tests at managed facilities and within the community in health districts
Health district of residence 10 Jan to 15 Jan 17 Jan to 22 Jan 24 Jan to 29 Jan 31 Jan to 5 Feb
Auckland 1,126 1,167 994 825
Bay of Plenty 223 229 173 212
Canterbury/West Coast 961 894 726 787
Capital & Coast/Hutt 867 907 883 732
Counties Manukau 1,081 918 826 696
Hawkes Bay 193 169 177 145
Lakes 116 85 75 116
MidCentral 170 154 124 151
Nelson Marlborough 219 237 202 197
Northland 259 240 180 181
South Canterbury 52 46 44 48
Southern 1,101 988 936 995
Tairawhiti 38 54 28 35
Taranaki 373 368 329 357
Waikato 1,363 1,327 1,276 1,339
Wairarapa 61 61 67 42
Waitemata 1,405 1,383 1,179 1,031
Whanganui 41 39 29 21
Unknown 2,797 3,017 2,889 2,749
Managed isolation and quarantine facilities 37 42 12 NA
Total 12,483 12,325 11,149 10,659

Note: some people are tested more than once. We cannot give you detailed information about tests in your district, city or town, as we must protect the privacy of the people concerned.

Tests by ethnicity
Ethnicity 10 Jan to 15 Jan 17 Jan to 22 Jan 24 Jan to 29 Jan 31 Jan to 5 Feb
Māori 1,319 1,304 1,214 1,147
Pacific Peoples 717 677 618 533
Asian 1,997 2,051 1,699 1,748
European or Other 5,659 5,270 4,756 4,524
Unknown 2,754 3,018 2,892 2,719
Total 12,446 12,320 11,179 10,671
Total tests
COVID-19 test result 10 Jan to 15 Jan 17 Jan to 22 Jan 24 Jan to 29 Jan 31 Jan to 5 Feb
Tested positive 1,353 1,045 808 650
Tested negative (no COVID-19) 11,049 11,226 10,344 9,987
Inconclusive result 44 49 27 34
Total 12,446 12,320 11,179 10,671

Testing rate and results by location and ethnicity

All tests by district and in managed isolation and quarantine facilities from 22 January 2020 to 6 February 2023
Location Total tests Tested positive (%) Test rate per 1000 people
Managed isolation and quarantine facilities 240,837 1.59% NA
Auckland 1,159,615 2.73% 2,356.5
Bay of Plenty 277,759 2.54% 1,071.8
Canterbury/West Coast 581,062 3.42% 970.8
Capital & Coast/Hutt 486,014 2.85% 1,032.6
Counties Manukau 1,492,541 3.24% 2,519.3
Hawkes Bay 136,235 2.21% 780.7
Lakes 126,462 1.76% 1,105.1
MidCentral 132,509 2.61% 728.9
Nelson Marlborough 131,954 2.41% 837.6
Northland 249,300 1.61% 1,288.6
South Canterbury 37,462 2.35% 611.9
Southern 323,235 4.17% 964.2
Tairawhiti 33,446 2.17% 650.2
Taranaki 130,440 2.81% 1,059.8
Waikato 640,537 2.70% 1,488.6
Wairarapa 35,960 2.59% 739.6
Waitemata 1,278,564 2.37% 2,032.2
Whanganui 35,931 2.52% 526.5
Unknown 238,741 1.80% NA
Total 7,768,604 2.74% 1,553.6
Tests by ethnicity from 22 January 2020 to 6 February 2023
Ethnicity* Total test Tested positive (%) Test rate per 1000 people
Māori 1,127,503 2.83% 1,470.7
Pacific Peoples 903,524 4.92% 2,455.9
Asian 1,274,996 2.63% 1,735.4
European or Other 4,076,151 2.38% 1,311.3
Unknown 386,430 1.54% NA
Total 7,768,604 2.74% 1,553.6

* The prioritised ethnicity classification system is used in this table and below. This means each person is allocated to a single ethnic group, based on the ethnic groups they identify with. Where people identify with more than one group, they are assigned in this order of priority: Māori, Pacific Peoples, Asian, and European/Other. So, if a person identifies as being Māori and New Zealand European, the person is counted as Māori. See Ngā tapuae me ngā raraunga: Methods and data sources for further information.

The data categorized by ethnicity come from National Health Index (NHI) data collection, linked to data held in the EpiSurv database.

Testing rates per 1000 people by location and ethnicity from 22 January 2020 to 6 February 2023
Location Māori Pacific peoples Asian European/Other
Auckland 2,798.1 2,663.8 2,040.3 2,256.9
Bay of Plenty 1,090.1 2,022.0 1,355.1 1,005.5
Canterbury/West Coast 990.1 1,155.3 1,070.6 916.2
Capital & Coast/Hutt 1,013.7 1,137.3 949.7 1,025.0
Counties Manukau 2,738.6 3,061.9 2,138.4 2,280.0
Hawkes Bay 706.7 1,660.7 966.4 721.5
Lakes 1,203.1 1,424.5 1,538.3 967.9
MidCentral 785.6 932.3 752.7 688.1
Nelson Marlborough 865.5 2,378.3 1,022.5 770.6
Northland 1,289.5 1,571.2 1,286.3 1,263.2
South Canterbury 692.6 1,107.5 753.6 569.8
Southern 971.0 1,347.3 1,113.8 926.1
Tairawhiti 646.9 1,026.0 965.6 592.4
Taranaki 1,118.0 1,282.1 1,374.3 1,006.6
Waikato 1,658.9 1,885.5 1,667.8 1,377.6
Wairarapa 788.8 979.3 839.9 708.5
Waitemata 2,438.6 2,567.1 1,674.0 2,032.3
Whanganui 511.1 615.6 632.5 513.1

Note: some people are tested more than once. We cannot give you detailed information about tests in your district, city or town, as we must protect the privacy of the people concerned.

Percentage of tests returning a positive result by district and ethnicity from 22 January 2020 to 6 February 2023
Location Māori Pacific peoples Asian European/Other
Auckland 3.10% 5.06% 2.50% 2.26%
Bay of Plenty 2.65% 4.45% 3.15% 2.32%
Canterbury/West Coast 3.39% 5.49% 2.90% 3.50%
Capital & Coast/Hutt 2.79% 4.80% 2.72% 2.66%
Counties Manukau 3.21% 5.23% 2.53% 1.78%
Hawkes Bay 2.02% 2.81% 3.28% 2.12%
Lakes 1.89% 2.46% 1.41% 1.70%
MidCentral 2.38% 5.35% 2.39% 2.58%
Nelson Marlborough 2.48% 4.39% 4.27% 2.17%
Northland 1.83% 2.31% 1.68% 1.45%
South Canterbury 2.11% 2.63% 2.92% 2.35%
Southern 3.58% 5.01% 4.89% 4.14%
Tairawhiti 1.91% 4.74% 1.85% 2.37%
Taranaki 3.14% 4.01% 3.17% 2.69%
Waikato 3.21% 5.11% 3.48% 2.19%
Wairarapa 2.57% 4.31% 2.88% 2.53%
Waitemata 2.86% 4.39% 2.43% 1.94%
Whanganui 2.94% 4.68% 1.71% 2.33%

Note: we cannot give the total number of people testing positive per district and ethnicity for privacy reasons.


Testing rate and results by age and sex

Tests by age group from 22 January 2020 to 6 February 2023
Age group Total people tested Tested positive (%) Test rate per 1000 people
0 to 9 492,150 3.53% 753.4
10 to 19 658,130 3.77% 1,027.4
20 to 29 1,466,472 2.60% 2,175.1
30 to 39 1,491,261 2.32% 2,164.1
40 to 49 1,152,583 2.18% 1,837.0
50 to 59 1,135,474 2.12% 1,774.9
60 to 69 795,944 2.45% 1,488.4
70 to 79 362,737 3.98% 1,012.9
80+ 211,828 6.94% 1,155.5
Unknown 2,025 11.60% NA
Total 7,768,604 2.74% 1,553.6
Tests by sex from 22 January 2020 to 6 February 2023
Sex Total people tested Tested positive (%) Test rate per 1000 people
Female 3,793,360 2.82% 1,487.6
Male 3,732,546 2.73% 1,524.4
Unknown 242,698 1.65% NA
Total 7,768,604 2.74% 1,553.6

Note: On 4 January 2022, the Ministry of Health started reporting testing rates using the Ministry's HSU population estimate.


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