Live Stream: Ministry of Health Updates Kiwis On Coronavirus

Mar 22, 2020
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Latest update from Ministry of Health Director-General Dr Ashley Bloomfield is giving the latest Covid-19 update at a media event in Wellington.

Two cases were announced yesterday where community transmission can not be ruled out, and there is still not a firm link to overseas travel.
NZ has a total of 67 cases, including 4 probable cases.

They all have a history of international travel.

New Zealand has 14 new cases of Covid-19, Ashley Bloomfield says.

A staff member at a rest home and respite care facility, Ellerslie Gardens, in Auckland has tested positive for COVID 19.

All new cases were confirmed by laboratory testing, Dr Bloomfield confirmed. A further four instances are being regarded as probable cases.

Five new cases are in Auckland, one in Northland, one in Canterbury, two in New Plymouth, two in Waikato, one in Tauranga, one in the Coromandel, and one in Dunedin.

There is still no firm confirmation as to two of yesterday’s cases being a result of community transmission.

Of the 14 new cases, 11 are related to international travel, one coming from close contact of a confirmed case.

Two cases occurred at the World Hereford Conference in Queenstown earlier this month.

Dr Bloomfield also confirmed that 1200 laboratory tests were carried out yesterday, with the total number of New Zealand tests now over 6000.

Despite the increase, New Zealand’s alert level remains at level two.

If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (+64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs)

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