COVID-19 cases rises to 451  in New Zealand

COVID-19 cases rises to 451 in New Zealand

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Director of Civil Defence Sarah Stuart Black


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On Saturday 28th of March 2020, Director of Civil Defence Sarah Stuart Black said that the current Coronavirus cases have risen to 451 from 368.

83 total new, 78 new confirmed cases, 5 probable as of 9:00 am on Saturday. 50 individuals confirmed recovered, 12 people in Hospital with COVID-19, 3 are in Wellington Regional Hospital, two are in Nelson Hospital, 2 Whangarei Hospital, and one each in Auckland, Waikato, Taranaki, Dunedin and Greymouth Hospitals.

2 people are in intensive care units, one on a ventilator. Due to privacy reasons, furthermore, disclosure would not be discussed, said Director of Civil Defense Sarah Stuart Black.

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Labs are working to process lab results as soon and as fast as possible. Taken over a 7 day period, the average daily test number is 1,613. 

Anyone that has been tested has to be in strict self-isolation until they are advised of the results for their test.

Overseas travel and links to confirmed cases continue to be the most significant infection path.

Sarah mentioned she’d like others to be kind to each other on social media. 

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“We’ve seen reports of abuse from people having COVID-19. There is a high level and anxiety in the community, and it’s not acceptable to be attacking people caught up in the pandemic.”

“We want those with the symptoms of COVID-19 to get tested so we can manage the outbreak and recognize the clusters of transmission and stop them from spreading.”

“Please don’t make this any harder from people to be able to seek the help they need to be identified that they have COVID-19,” said Sarah.

It’s only been two days since lockdown level 4 has been in place.

The New Zealand Police have said that most people are following the rules, but some were spoken to make sure they know what the restrictions mean.

Sticking to your bubble means going for a walk around your neighborhood. 

“Stay local but do not go for a swim at the beach because you do not want to put others at risk,” said All of Government Controller John Ombler

“Avoid going tramping, hunting, and doing other activities at a distance from home, please help emergency services by not doing these things.”

“I’ve heard today that some people were playing touch rugby and playing in some parks, that’s just stupid. People need to stop doing that thing. COVID-19 can transfer from a Frisbie from one person to another. With touch rugby, it’s quite obvious. PLEASE don’t do it. Don’t be stupid,” said All of Government Controller John Ombler.

Traveling locally means not traveling out of your neighborhood by going to batches and second homes. 

“If you’re outside your home, keep physical distance from others; within 2.5meters, and you can only keep in contact with those in your bubble. Those that are in your household. Avoid public spaces. Do not touch surfaces that others can’t touch.”

Local transport such as buses and trains are for people who don’t have to travel by car. This is for people that are going to the supermarkets/pharmacies and back.

“After touching surfaces on public transport, make sure you sanitize your hands.” 

“Please remember domestic travel around New Zealand your locality is banned except for essential workers and business. This means you cannot drive out of town.” said All of Government Controller John Ombler.

The Ministry of Health is sending the Red Cross to help those that are in need of food returning to New Zealand; the people that are or have returned are staying in Hotels as they have nowhere to go.

Those arriving at international airports that can get home by no more than 5 hours by car will be permitted to do so under certain circumstances, private vehicles; 1 driver, and 2 or three passengers.

Keeping in mind the social distancing requirements making sure people have sufficient space and distance to transport family members home. 

“No welcome home hugs, strict isolation upon arriving home and, that will be checked,” said All of Government Controller John Ombler.

“Getting New Zealanders home has been a difficult task during the worldwide pandemic.”

“Try to avoid long lines, shop for essential items only. Choose one person to do the shopping if you need one person to drive, leave one in the car, and come back after. If you’re in a line, stand 2.5meters away; if someone asks you to move, be polite and kind. Pack your bags and keep a distance with trolleys. When you go home from the supermarket, wash your hands though-rally.” All of Government Controller John Ombler.

Great tips:

Physical distancing,

Great hand Hygine,

Cough into your elbow, don’t spread it around,

Regular cleaning of surfaces and frequently touched items,

Avoid touching your eyes, face and nose.


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