Covid-19: PM Jacinda Ardern provides latest update

Mar 27, 2020
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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is providing an update on the spread and containment of Covid-19 in New Zealand on the second day of the nationwide lockdown.

Earlier this afternoon, Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said there were 85 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, with one person now in intensive care. The total number of confirmed and probable cases now stands at 368.

He said while 37 individuals had recovered, there were eight people in hospital, six of whom are stable. A man in his 70s is in Nelson Hospital’s ICU in a critical condition.

Emergency Management director Sarah Stuart-Black said while most people were complying with the lockdown, there were several incidents of people gathering and police has responded to those.

The country is currently in a State of Emergency that will go on until next week. It is also in a lockdown for at least four weeks.

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