The number of coronavirus cases in New Zealand has risen by 78 as the country faces its first day in lockdown.
There are 73 new confirmed cases and five new probable cases.
It brings the country’s total number of cases, both confirmed and probable, to 283.
Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health, fronted media today with the update.
Yesterday the number of cases went up by 50, including 47 confirmed and three probable. A nationwide state of emergency was also declared.
Dr Bloomfield yesterday said New Zealanders could expect to see a rise in cases over the next 10 days, from people infected before the lockdown period.