New Zealand now has 950 cases of Covid-19, up by 82 today.
Fronting media today, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health and Dr Caroline McElnay, Director of Public Health gave the latest update.
One hundred twenty seven people have now recovered from the virus and the nation’s Covid-19 death toll remains at one
Dr Ashley Bloomfield said today’s cases were made up of 52 confirmed cases and 30 probable cases. A probable case is when a test comes back negative but it’s being treated as confirmed as the person’s symptoms fit the criteria of coronavirus.
Dr Bloomfield said there are 10 people in hospitals around the country including one person in ICU. Aside from the person in ICU, everyone is in a stable condition.
Earlier today, Otago University public health professor Michael Baker stated that the lack of cases in the community is “very optimistic” for the country’s overall fight against the virus. Mr Baker also said it’s optimistic New Zealand isn’t “seeing many people turn up at hospital unexpectedly with pneumonia”.