COVID-19 cases rises to 589 in New Zealand

COVID-19 cases rises to 589 in New Zealand

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Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield and Commissioner of Police Mike Bush.

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On Monday 30th of March 2020, Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield and Commissioner of Police Mike Bush said that the current Coronavirus cases have risen to 589 from 514.

76 total new, 37 probable as of 9:00 am on Monday. No new deaths. 63 individuals confirmed recovered, 12 people in Hospital with COVID-19; 3 expected to be discharged soon, 1 each in Waikato, Whangarei, Dunedin, Auckland, Nelson, Wairau, and Taranaki Hospitals. 4 In wellington.

Two in intensive care.

The combined total in New Zealand is 589 cases.

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The average daily test number is 1,728 for the last 7 days.

Out of 455 cases, where sufficient information is available, 57% of those have a direct link to overseas travel. 26% are close contacts of existing evidence, 15% have to bother foreign travel or close contact. 2% are currently community transmission. 10 are community transmission.

Strong links to confirmed cases are from overseas.

Flu vaccinations can reduce pressure on the hospital system during the winter.

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“It’s essential that the people who are eligible for free flu vaccination are prioritized for vaccination, so that is people over 65, people with pre-existing medical conditions, pregnant women and children with a history of respiratory illnesses as well as our frontline health workers and other frontline workers,” said Ashley Bloomfield.

Vaccinations are prioritized to aim at the higher risk group; younger aged people are told to please wait. This is to ensure frontline workers keep well so that they can support the COVID-19 response.

If people who are most likely to get complications from influenza and are most likely to end up in hospital, are to get vaccinated first.

“You should not be seeking a vaccination or expect to be called for a vaccination if you are not in one of those groups until at least April.”

“We have over 400,000 more vaccines, and 800,000 more have been redistributed,” said Ashley Bloomfield.

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/03/20 at 1:10pm

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30/03/20 at 5:14pm *editor spell check*

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