The numbers cover the week from Monday January 30 to Sunday February 5.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said “there is no doubt that we're in a far better situation now” than a year ago.
The seven-day rolling average is now 1508, down from last week's figure of 1979.
"There’s no one untouched by this," microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles told Breakfast.
Māori, Pasifika, and disabled people were also more likely to report barriers to healthcare when they had the virus.
The Liberty16 Pro is a lab the size of a shoebox, with capacity to process 70 PCR saliva tests in an hour.
The numbers cover the week from Monday, January 16 to Sunday, January 22.
At least 210 people were on board the chartered plane operated by Indonesia’s Lion Air from Shenzhen in China's southern Guangdong province.
The discovery was made after the facility was reopened to victims of last year's floods.
University of Queensland researchers have developed a spray that can stick to surfaces and kill Covid-19 and bacteria such as E. coli and staphylococcus aureus.
Recent studies have shown around 10% of Covid-19 infections - including Omicron - result in Long Covid.
An 82-year-old woman died on the island of Mauke while symptomatic and positive for Covid.
The numbers cover the week from Monday, January 9 to Sunday, January 15.
The toll included 5503 deaths due to respiratory failure caused by Covid and 54,435 fatalities from other ailments combined with Covid since December 8.
It wasn’t clear whether China would expand the visa suspensions to other countries that have imposed virus testing on passengers from China following its Covid-19 surge.
The decision to accelerate China's reopening is a boost for the global economy at a time when activity in the United States and Europe is weakening after repeated interest rate hikes.
Epidemiologist Michael Baker has given his thoughts on the latest subvariant now it's arrived in NZ.
Paxlovid, an oral medicine developed by New York-based drugmaker Pfizer, has been widely sought after in China since the country began phasing out its "zero-Covid" restrictions.
The XBB.1.5 subvariant has seen a rise in cases in the US.
It comes even as the virus continues to spread in China amid what critics say is a lack of transparency from Beijing.