New Zealand now has 20 cases of coronavirus

New Zealand now has 20 cases of coronavirus

Eight
new cases of 

coronavirus in NZ, Health 

Ministry confirms

New Zealand has eight new cases of Covid-19, all related to overseas travel, the Ministry of Health has confirmed.

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Radio
NZ
,

18
March, 2020

It
brings the total of confirmed cases in New Zealand to 20.


Speaking
at the latest media conference, Director-General of Health Ashley
Bloomfield said there are four new cases in Auckland, one in
Christchurch, two in Waikato and one in Invercargill.


Some
of the new cases have come from Europe, Australia and the USA.


He
said details for each of these cases, including flight information,
will be revealed on the Ministry of Health website


“We
expected more cases and it’s most important that we identify, that we
test and isolate cases and close contacts to ensure that we prevent
further community spread.”


He
said the new cases have been in self isolation and aware of the
symptoms. He commended them for doing the right thing.


Watch
the most recent media conference here:

About
150 students at Logan Park school which was initially closed for 48
hours last night will be tested over the next 24 hours.


Test
results for these close contacts will not be available until Friday,
and the school will stay closed until further notice.


Secretary
of Education Iona Holsted said there was a plan in place for Logan
Park High, and the Health Minsitry was planning for temporary
closures of schools, but not long-term closures.


Dr
Bloomfield said police had conducted some compliance checks on
travellers who have arrived since the self isolation policy came into
effect. He said they had made contact with 41 individuals yesterday
and they were following up with three more today.


The
influenza vaccination program will begin early this year, with a 30
percent increase in tests, Dr Bloomfield said.


As Covid-19 spreads
around the world, it can be daunting keeping up with the information.
For RNZ, our responsibility is to give you verified, up to the
minute, trustworthy information to help you make decisions about your
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Infectious
diseases expert Michael Baker this morning 
called
for New Zealand to close all schools
 until
testing could confirm there was no widespread community transmission.


The
government 
is
spending an additional $5 million on increasing testing capacity
 for
the Covid-19 coronavirus as part of its $500m spend to tackle the
impact of the virus on the health system.


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

Australian
Prime Minister earlier announced a level-4 travel ban for the first
time in that country’s history, saying no Australians should travel
abroad and he has banned non-essential gatherings of more than 100
people.


New
Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has also 
called
on New Zealanders travelling overseas to return home
,
and advised against all non-essential travel.

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/03/coronavirus-jacinda-ardern-calls-on-people-who-arrived-in-nz-before-the-weekend-to-voluntarily-self-isolate.html

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