Health Minister Chris Hipkins and Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield are giving an update on the Covid-19 situation in New Zealand.
Hipkins began by urging all New Zealanders to take a test if they were offered one. He said testing numbers in the community were still not at the level the Ministry was aiming for.
The government and the minister has been pushing to get testing numbers up to the recommended level of about 4000 people a day, but daily test numbers and the seven-day average have consistently lagged behind.
He said one of the issues they’re facing is that people are still reluctant to be tested.
“Please take the test. If you GP or your doctor offers you to get tested, please say yes to that.
“We all have to stay on guard and play our part.”
He said the leaking of patient details had been
He said 460,000 tests had been taken so far – about 9 percent of New Zealanders had taken one.
In the latest Covid-19 developments in New Zealand, the Ministry of Health is planning to fast-track the approval process for a Covid-19 vaccine, and won’t rule out offering a supplier indemnity from any potential claims resulting from its use.
New Zealanders in the UK have a reprieve after it announced a further visa extension for foreigners stuck there because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Yesterday, there were two new cases of Covid-19 in managed isolation in New Zealand.
A Christchurch McDonald’s which was visited by a man who later tested positive for Covid-19 will not need to be deep-cleaned.
A man who flew from Christchurch to South Korea 10 days ago tested positive for the virus when he arrived.
Health officials said it was unlikely the man was infected in New Zealand and there remains no evidence of community transmission.
Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, Dr Cheryl Brunton, says the man visited the McDonald’s on Memorial Avenue on 20 July but no staff or other customers are considered a close contact.