Covid-19 cases rises to 11 in New Zealand

Covid-19 cases rises to 11 in New Zealand

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On Tuesday the Ministry of Health has confirmed that the Covid-19 cases have risen to eleven from eight.

Each of the three cases is individuals who have come from abroad travel. 

Two of the cases are among relatives in Wellington who came back from the USA. 


The other case is in Dunedin, where a person came back from United States. 


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In the initial two cases, a Wellington man in his 30s and his dad in his 70s tried positive on their arrival from the USA.

The man in his 30s got unwell on the flight and his dad became unwell the day after they showed up in New Zealand. 

They went on American Airlines flight AA83 from la to Auckland discovery in on Saturday, March 14. They were in seats 4A and 10H.

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They at that time made a visit to Wellington on Air New Zealand flight 419 that equivalent day. 


New Zealand has three new cases of Covid-19. Two are during a Wellington family, a person in his 30s and his father, in his 70s, recently returned from the US. the opposite may be a Dunedin man who has returned from Germany, the director-general of health, Ashley Bloomfield, has announced.

The Wellington men returned on a flight from la arriving on Saturday, March 14. They traveled on American Airlines flight AA83 from la to Auckland on seats 4a and 10h. Both are reception in self-isolation. Nearby passengers are being traced. 


The Dunedin man, in his 40s, showed symptoms five days after returning, so contact tracing isn’t required for the flight. Two members of the family have symptoms. All are in isolation.

One of his members of the family attends Logan Park highschool. Should the coed test positive, the varsity should close for 48 hours and be cleaned, with contacts traced, said Bloomfield. 



All of the cases are related to international travel, meaning there’s no evidence yet of community transmission. 


Bloomfield also addressed questions around testing. Across NZ laboratories, there is 11 confirmed tests, there are 570 negative tests. 



He said they were increasing testing, with around 500 being conducted today. 



The present criteria are people with a history of recent overseas travel or who are in grips with a case; and with symptoms suggestive Covid-19.

The current capacity is 770 tests daily it’s expected which will rise to around 1500 on a daily basis later in the week, he said. 

There is “extreme traffic” on Healthline, said Bloomfield. That led to delays and a few calls being dropped. Around 3,000 of the 7,000 calls failed to require clinical advice and were re-directed to the final government helpline.

Bloomfield said he is “very happy” with the new budget boost that PM Jacinda Ardern had announced on Tuesday.



He confirmed that a visitor “who was unwilling to conceive to self-isolating” has been found in Christchurch and, given she remains unwilling to self-isolate, plans are being made to deport her. 



Governed checks on people that are in self-isolation will begin today.

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