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Covid-19: 76 confirmed cases and 13 are probable cases amongst the 89 cases recorded today.

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Covid-19: 76 confirmed cases and 13 are probable cases amongst the 89 cases recorded today.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield and Police Commissioner Mike Bush gave an update on the numbers and the national response to Covid-19 today.

The new cases are made up of 76 confirmed cases and 13 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 Covid-19.

Ninety two people have recovered and New Zealand’s Covid-19 death toll remains at one.

Dr Ashley Bloomfield said there is still a strong link to overseas travel and only one per cent at this stage is community linked.

A new case definition was implemented yesterday, for diagnosis and testing of the virus around the country.

Now, anyone with respiratory symptoms which are consistent with Covid-19 virus will be considered for testing regardless of travel history or contact with a confirmed case.

A state of national emergency remains in place for New Zealand as does the lockdown period. 

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