Covid19 cases rises to 283  in New Zealand

Covid19 cases rises to 283 in New Zealand

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The Ministry of Health’s Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield.

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On Thursday 26th March 2020, Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said that the current Coronavirus cases have risen to 283 from 205.

The numbers are 78 cases, 73 confirmed that’s including 5 probable cases. Over 12,000 tests (2,400+ since the last conference) have been done so far according to Ashley Bloomfield.

Seven people are in hospital in good condition, 3 in Wellington, 2 in Nelson, one in Waikato & one in Northland. Three have been discharged. 27 people so far have recovered from the Coronavirus.

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Ashley Bloomfield said there was a Wedding in Wellington, the Marist College, a few people that went to the US and arrived back, the Herford Conference in Queenstown, a rest home in Hamilton and a person that had been in contact with someone on the Ruby Princess who is located now in Hawke’s Bay; Most cases still have a link to overseas travel, close contact or a large cluster.

Ashley Bloomfield also announced a new change or system to the pharmaceutical area of supply active at 11.59 pm tonight to prevent people from stockpiling: Pharmacists will be required to limit multiple prescriptions to one month of drugs – or three months for oral contraceptives. For people who find it hard to access pharmacies, there will be other measures that are allowed will in place.

 

“This is not because of a shortage but to stop stockpiling,” Bloomfield says. 

The supply for drugs etc. are in good shape.

Ex. Police Commissioner Mike Bush said that most New Zealanders are still not complying with the current lockdown measures.

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“If we don’t comply with the consequence of that is that people will die. Our job is to ensure that we keep those people safe. People will be warned, people will be challenged about whether or not they are an essential service or going about an essential task.” said Mike Bush

Everyone in New Zealand will now be tested for COVID-19 by screening them; it is no longer an optional system.

“If you have symptoms, you will be quarantined,” said Mike Bush

360 people had arrived in New Zealand, and they were processed at Auckland Airport early this morning, 8 had been sent to be quarantined because they had symptoms that are related to COVID-19.

The remaining people that is of 160 are in a Hotel as they have no plan for isolation.

Bush says there will be some prosecutions of breaches of the lockdown rules, but they will be rare. Would apply the severe violations or repeated ones.

He says no arrests have been made, but many people have been educated.

Ashley Bloomfield answered a number of questions about protective equipment for health staff;

There are enough masks, but the Ministry wants to make sure too much of it isn’t used. 

The Ministry is providing masks for way more people than they usually do.

“This is mainly for medical staff in community centres and those who do home visits.” said Ashley Bloomfield. 


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