The All of Government COVID-19 National Response will provide an update at 1.00 pm today.
- A health update will be provided.
- There are 82 new cases of Covid-19 in NZ. 52 are confirmed and 30 are probable.
- There are ten in hospital around the country and one in ICU at Wellington Regional Hospital.The combined total of cases in NZ is now 950.
- We now have capacity to do 6000 tests per day.
- We have more than 100,000 nasal and throat swabs in stock.Yesterday
- was highest single day of testing at 3631, bringing total tests to 3631.
- There is now testing capacity for 6000 per day.
- There remains a strong link to to overseas travel, but 17 percent of cases are still being investigated for community transmission.
- The three biggest clusters are Marist College in Auckland with 60 cases, Bluff with 55 cases and Matamata with 54 cases.
- There will be further clarity given about what self isolation means.
- There has been a small minority who have not been following the guidelines.
- Testing will now be available for people with respiratory problems without links to overseas travel.
- There has been no change to recovery definition. 10 days must have passed since onset of symptoms and 48 hours since symptoms have passed.
- There are ways in which wearing a mask can be helpful, but there is some evidence that wearing one can do harm – such as how it leads to touching your face more often.
- Masks can also give a “false sense of security”.
- Healthline continues to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Wait times have gone down to about 5 minutes.
- We are seeing a trend in primary care and Healthline of people with other health concerns not seeking help due to Covid-19. There still is capacity for other health problems.
- Bloomfield says US is pushing face masks because there are much higher rates of infection.
- Fever is no longer a requirement to be tested for Covid-19, testing is now available for people with respiratory problems, regardless of contact with overseas travel.
A livestream of the update will be available from this page later today.
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