General of Health announces
14 new Covid-19 cases in NZ
of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says there are 14 new cases of
Covid-19 in New Zealand, and the ministry cannot rule out community
the media conference with Dr Ashley Bloomfield:
new cases bring the total to 53 confirmed, and four probable.
locations of the new cases are; four in Wellington, one in Taranaki,
three in Auckland, one in Waikato, one in Taupō, one in Manawatu and
two in Nelson.
of NZ’s confirmed cases are in hospital and all are a stable
man in his 60s is in Lakes District Hospital in Queenstown, a woman
is in hospital in Nelson and another person is in North Shore
of these cases are travel-related but as yet, in two instances, no
link to overseas travel has been ascertained and we continue to
investigate,” Bloomfield said.
always knew that cases apparently not linked to travel would happen
and we are prepared for that.”
the new cases in the past 24 hours, Bloomfield said the two cases not
linked to travel are one in Auckland and one in Wairarapa.
person in the Wairarapa is symptomatic, which is why the clinician
decided to test, Bloomfield says.
are now investigating whether these people have had close contact
with anyone who has travelled overseas, he said.
the case of the Wairarapa [person], we can’t rule out the risk of
distancing is fundamental to our collective response, he said.
reminded people that gatherings larger than 100 people indoors and
500 people outdoors should not be taking place.
said testing had ramped up as practitioners have identified people
who needed testing. Yesterday, 1500 people were tested.
is now more important than ever that we continue to track and trace
individuals who may have been in contact with confirmed Covid-19
cases and get those people in self-isolation so that we can contain
any further spread.”
The address to the nation was a huge disappointment. Instead of taking the draconian action necessary to prevent spread (a TOTAL shutdown for a limited period of time) she has offered a piecemeal “steady-as-she-goes” reaction which is a recipe for absolute disaster which is a GUARANTEE that we will follow Italy, Europe, UK and now the USA on the road to oblivion.
Believe me. It is inevitable.
Minister Jacinda Ardern
gives address to nation on
the Covid-19 response
Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a four-level Covid-19 alert
system and asked people to stop non-essential travel.
RNZ’s Checkpoint special following the Prime Minister’s address to
said New Zealand was at Alert Level 2 meaning the risk of community
transmission was growing.
and people with compromised immune systems to stay at home as much as
possible, she said.
asked New Zealanders to stop non-essential domestic travel.
will stay open unless there is a confirmed case. This will change as
the alert system moves up the chain, Ardern said.
February it would have seemed unimaginable to close New Zealand’s
borders to the world and now it has been an ovbious step as we fight
Covid-19” – Ardern.