Coronavirus: New Zealand has 708 circumstances of the virus, rising by 47 circumstances


Dr Caroline McElnay, director of public well being, says there are 47 new confirmed circumstances of Covid-19, and 14 possible circumstances. 

There are actually 82 individuals who have recovered, and no extra deaths to report. 

The whole variety of circumstances is now 708 circumstances.

There are 14 folks in hospital, and two in ICU beds which are in a secure situation.

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Health officials said they were expanding the testing criteria for Covid-19 on Tuesday. (file photo)


Well being officers stated they had been increasing the testing standards for Covid-19 on Tuesday. (file photograph)


The brand new case definition for well being professionals to check attainable Covid-19 circumstances might be launched this afternoon, McElnay stated.

“We do know that this can lead to extra testing being executed, which is nice, and which we are also ready for. Our testing capability is at present 3700 checks.”

Neighborhood transmission was about 1 per cent of complete circumstances, with essentially the most linked to abroad journey. However the ministry was attempting to get a greater sense of neighborhood unfold by means of testing, she stated.

“On clusters, we proceed to actively examine and call hint numerous clusters,” McElnay stated.

McElnay has reiterated the same old messages – social distancing and being thoughtful.

Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay will front the media to provide a coronavirus update on Wednesday.


Director of Public Well being Dr Caroline McElnay will entrance the media to supply a coronavirus replace on Wednesday.

Talking about the response from iwi, Civil Defence Emergency Administration director Sarah Stuart-Black stated iwi and Māori organisations had been mobilising to help their communities. 

She additionally gave an replace on the constitution flights taking Kiwis from abroad to their regional centres.

The primary flight yesterday took 57 folks again to their area and one other flight would run on Wednesday afternoon.

Sarah Stuart-Black, Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management, at a prior Covid-19 response press conference. (file photo)


Sarah Stuart-Black, Director of Civil Defence Emergency Administration, at a previous Covid-19 response press convention. (file photograph)

“They have to all go into self-isolation once they get off on the website,” she stated. The travellers obtained well being checks previous to boarding the flight.”

She defined the extension of the nationwide emergency, which occurred on Tuesday, was to make sure the Authorities continued to have the powers wanted to cope with the emergency.

The state of emergency solely lasts seven days below legislation and can proceed to be prolonged as required, she stated.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at a Covid-19 press conference earlier this month. (file photo)


Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at a Covid-19 press convention earlier this month. (file photograph)

It was separate from the lockdown and Covid-19 alert stage, she stated.

Stuart-Black stated the police focus remained on sustaining public order, and officers had been talking to folks and teams who had been obstructing roads to make sure folks do not enter their space.

On Tuesday, director-general of well being Ashley Bloomfield cautioned that, whereas the variety of new circumstances had stabilised not too long ago, New Zealand was nonetheless removed from being on prime of the outbreak.

There have been no further deaths and 74 folks had recovered.

The Authorities additionally broadened its pointers round Covid-19 testing, which is able to enable for extra folks to be examined and to see how far the illness has unfold in New Zealand.

There had been complaints that some folks presenting signs had not been examined as a result of that they had no connection to abroad journey.

Bloomfield advised Parliament’s new epidemic response committee testing was ramping up and that sooner or later he would love surveillance testing of communities to find out how a lot neighborhood transmission had occurred.

Prime Minister Ardern stated the brand new definition will widen testing to incorporate folks with Covid-19 signs however not essentially a historical past of journey or publicity to a different case.

“We do not imagine we’ve sufficient testing to inform us what we have to know. The extra we take a look at the extra it tells us how far our neighborhood transmission is and it tells us the place it’s,” Ardern stated.

“I’d hold encouraging that we take a look at, take a look at, take a look at,” she stated.

Clinicians have had some discretion to check individuals who fell exterior these standards in the event that they felt it vital, she stated.