The number of new coronavirus cases in New Zealand has risen by 40.Number of confirmed Covid-19 coronavirus cases in New Zealand passes 140.
Fronting media today, Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield, All of Government Controller John Ombler, Secretary for Education Iona Holsted and Deputy Chief Executive MBIE Paul Stocks updated New Zealand’s number of cases and response to Covid-19.
It means 155 people in New Zealand have, or had, the virus. Four of these cases are being treated as community transmission – three in Auckland and one in Wairarapa.
Dr Bloomfield said there are also three new probable cases of Covid-19 in the country. This means a person has returned a negative laboratory test result but the clinician looking after the person has diagnosed them as a probable case due to their exposure history and clinical symptoms. Probable cases are treated as confirmed cases.PM calls on young people to follow isolation rules – ‘You may feel resilient but it’s not just about you’
The news comes a day after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern raised New Zealand’s Covid-19 coronavirus alert level to level three, before alert level four comes into effect from 11.59pm tomorrow.
Level four is put in place with a risk of sustained level of virus transmission. Contact between people is largely eliminated, the public urged to stay at home. Essential services, including supermarkets, health care, service stations and media, will remain in place.
The lockdown period has been set for four weeks because it will take weeks for results to show given the lag between infection and people feeling ill.
Dr Bloomfield said also 12 people with confirmed cases in New Zealand have recovered.
“Anyone who has been tested is expected to be in strict isolation until advised of the result of their test,” he said.
People can find more information at the Government’s Covid-19 website.