COVID-19 cases rises to 1,349 in New Zealand

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On Monday, 13th of April 2020, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern & Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health, said that the current Coronavirus cases have risen to 1,349 from 1,330.

There are 19 new cases of COVID-19: 15 confirmed cases, 4 new probable.

Another death has been reported, that brings the total deaths to 5.

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546 people have now recovered after having COVID-19. That is 75 more than yesterday.

The combined total of confirmed cases and probable cases is 1,349.

15 people are in Hospital. That is an increase of 1 from yesterday; this includes 4 people in ICU in Wellington, Middlemore, Dunedin, and North shore Hospitals.

One ICU patient in Dunedin remains in a critical condition.

Yesterday 1,660 tests were processed in labs around the country.

Total tests to date done is 62,827.

Dr. Ashley Bloomfield said that the MOH was expecting a drop off on testing over the Easter weekend.

“This is the pattern we see in terms of health care on public holidays in usual circumstances, and therefore we have seen that happen over Easter.”

“with the alert level 4 procedures that we have got in place, we will see much less opportunity for the range of respiratory illnesses to be transmitted between people, this includes influenza and also common colds; so we would expect fewer people with respiratory symptoms that might be suggestive of COVID-19, seeking care and therefore testing as a result of those symptoms,” said Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health

New Zealand now has 77 active and 54 designated general practices; swabbing centers and mobile clinics.

Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health, mentioned at 2:15 pm he will be doing a live Facebook coverage to answer as many questions as he can to the public.

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It’ll be done through the MOH Facebook page.

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