83 new cases of coronavirus in New Zealand

83 new cases of coronavirus in New Zealand

Coronavirus:
83 new cases in 

New Zealand, two patients in 

intensive care

Radio NZ,

28
March, 2020

There
are 83 new cases of Covid-19 as of this morning, made up of 78 new
confirmed cases and five probable cases.

Watch
officials give an update on the national and health response at the
media conference:

The
total number of confirmed and probable cases in New Zealand is now
451, with overseas travel and links to confirmed cases still being
the most significant infection path.

Two
people are in intensive care units, one is on a ventilator – both are
in a critical condition.

Fifty
individuals have recovered, 12 people are in hospital with Covid-19 –
three in Wellington Regional Hospital, two in Nelson Hospital, two in
Whangarei Hospital and one each in Auckland, Waikato, Taranaki,
Dunedin and Greymouth hospitals.

Director
of Civil Defence Emergency Management Sarah Stuart-Black said
laboratories were working to process and report test results as
quickly as possible, with the average daily test number over a 7-day
period being 1613.

There
was a small number of Air NZ staff who are infected with Covid-19,
she said.

She
said health officials expect to see an increase in covid-19 cases in
the coming days, despite today’s number of cases being lower than
yesterday’s.

Stuart-Black
said abuse on social media of people who have been confirmed as
having Covid-19 was just not acceptable, and urged people not to make
it any harder for those who need to seek help.

Hospitals
have been ramping up to be able to cope with patients needing
respiratory support, including intensive care beds, Stuart-Black
said.

More
than 2500 retired health workers have signed up to help with the
Covid-19 response.

All
of Government controller John Ombler said most were following the
nationwide lockdown rules. There have been isolated incidents of
people congregating and they have been warned by police, he said.

Ombler
said he had heard reports of New Zealanders who have arrived back in
the country and in self-isolation at hotels without food, and that
was not good enough.

He
said they were dealing with those without the capacity to self
isolate – sending the Red Cross to hotels to help with any welfare
issues as they arise.

They
could also transfer international arrivals to their home base via
regional flights, specifically for their repatriation home, he said.

He
urged people to stick to their bubble and only leave for essential
needs, or when exercising to stick nearby their area of residence.

For
those who arrive at an international port and can get home by car –
no more than five hours drive – they will be able to do so under
specific circumstances.

He
reiterated the message that no-one needs to worry about supermarkets
running out of food. People should choose one person to do the
shopping and respect the need for physical distancing.

He
said there was now guidance on the Covid-19 website which provides
information about what medical staff need in terms of Personal
Protective Equipment.

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