Coronavirus: Variety of new instances dips to 58, bringing complete to 647

There have been 58 new confirmed or possible instances of coronavirus previously 24 hours, bringing the nation’s complete to 647.

Director Common Ashley Bloomfield on Tuesday cautioned whereas the variety of new instances had stabilised not too long ago, New Zealand was nonetheless removed from being on high of the outbreak. 

There have been no extra deaths and 74 individuals had recovered. 

“While it is a drop within the quantity I’ve no sense that it is a drop general, our expectation is the variety of instances will proceed to extend,” Bloomfield stated. 

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New covid-19 instances are nonetheless strongly linked to abroad journey with greater than half (53 per cent) linked to abroad instances. 

Practically a 3rd (29 per cent) are shut contacts of people that have been contaminated.

The variety of instances has stabilised for the reason that lockdown was put into drive final week. Yesterday bloomfield announced there had been 76 new cases.

Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield during the Covid-19 coronavirus media update in the Beehive Theatrette.


Director Common of Well being Dr Ashley Bloomfield in the course of the Covid-19 coronavirus media replace within the Beehive Theatrette.

Bloomfield put among the discount within the variety of new instances all the way down to the actual fact fewer assessments have been carried out on Sunday. 

“Our full expectation is the variety of instances will proceed to extend over the subsequent seven to 10 days,” he stated.

Director of Civil Defence Emergency Administration Sarah Stuart-Black introduced the Authorities was engaged on serving to native authorities to answer the outbreak.

One concern raised by native authorities was an elevated use of moist wipes placing strain on wastewater disposal. She reminded individuals to place wipes within the bin. 

Bloomfield additionally moved to reassure individuals there was sufficient private protecting tools (PPE) gear.

The Well being Ministry has put out pointers on what gear to put on for every state of affairs heath staff may encounter.

However Bloomfield  acknowledged it was vital well being staff weren’t simply secure, however felt secure as properly.

Earlier within the day, he informed a Parliamentary committee whereas New Zealand had lots of PPE it was vital to put on it in acceptable conditions.

The Authorities was additionally seeking to widen standards individuals must meet earlier than being examined for Covid-19. 

There have been some issues individuals weren’t being examined, regardless of having apparent signs.

A widened definition might imply many extra individuals being examined.

Bloomfield and Stuart-Black’s press convention will probably be adopted at 3pm by the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s each day media handle.