COVID-19 cases rises to 950 in New Zealand

COVID-19 cases rises to 950 in New Zealand

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Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield & Dr. Caroline McElnay, Director of Public Health

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On Saturday, 4th of April 2020, Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said that the current Coronavirus cases have risen to 950 from 868.

82 total new, 52 new confirmed cases, 30 probable as of 9:00 am on Sunday. 127 individuals confirmed recovered, ten people in Hospital with COVID-19, Including the one person in ICU in Wellington Regional Hospital

The combined total in New Zealand is 950 cases. That’s 82 more than yesterday.

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Three thousand six hundred thirty-one tests were completed—the total number of tests 33116. The daily capacity is now at 6000 per day.

Altogether there are 100,000 nasal and throat swabs in stock. And enough full-on equipment for 37,000 tests – with more supplies on the way.

A New Zealand manufacturer is ramping up production of swabs and is expected to produce over 300,000 swabs over the next month.

Most cases are linked to overseas travel or by someone who has traveled, about 1 percent are community transmission, but another 17 percent are still being investigated.

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The clusters: 

Auckland Maris School, 60 cases

Second biggest, wedding in bluff 55 cases

one in Matamata, 54 cases now confirmed

“I’d just like to talk about the issuing of a section 701f notice under the health act 1956, which I issued yesterday.”

“This is to provide great clarity for everybody about what the expectations are around self-isolation as we are in alert level 4.”

“Now what we’ve seen over the last week is a very very high level of understanding and compliance with those expectations. There have been a few areas where there have been questions over the week, and the purpose of the notice is to provide clarification about what is expected under a level 4 lockdown situation,” said Bloomfield.

The notice covers some detail of what the expectations are, and it includes a perfect description of what an acceptable bubble is as well.

Dr. Caroline McElnay, Director of Public Health, said that the case definition was updated. 

Tests can now be for anyone with respiratory problems that relate to COVID-19. They no longer need to have a link to travel or a fever. 

“The best advice at the moment is that basic hygiene measures such as frequent hand washing, physical distancing, and sneeze and coughing into your elbow remains as the best defense against COVID-19.”

On facemasks, there is evidence that wearing a mask if you’re not sick can do more harm as it increases people touching their faces, can increase the risk of transmission, and can give them a false sense of security.


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